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Defending Against Allegations Of SNAP Violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) considers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) a multibillion-dollar investment of American taxpayers, and requires compliance from participating retailers or “firms.” Our SNAP lawyers at Strause Law Group, PLLC, in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, have effective experience in defending firms alleged with violating SNAP.

Have You Received A “Charge Letter” From FNS?

If your company has received a “charge letter” from FNS, you should immediately seek knowledgeable and capable representation to handle this matter. A charge letter, pursuant to 7 C.F.R. §278.6(b), sets forth the violations of SNAP FNS alleges your firm committed and provides evidence supporting those allegations, such as Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) transaction records.

Our attorneys have experience defending clients against a wide range of allegations, including “trafficking,” wherein a number of transactions are alleged to be “unusual” or “irregular” for the type of business. It is important that you do not delay in contacting a qualified legal team if your business is alleged to have engaged in suspicious transactions such as:

  • Having excessively large purchase transactions
  • Having a large number of transactions that ended in the same “cent” value
  • Having multiple transactions from individual benefit accounts in unusually short timeframes

When you contact us, we will help you take prompt action to protect your business interests.

A store is entitled to respond to these allegations within 10 days of receipt of the charge letter before FNS can make a final determination. This 10-day period is crucial in the defense against a SNAP violation. The complex nature of the regulations governing this program can make an appropriate response to these allegations difficult. By contacting our SNAP lawyers immediately, we have experience preparing an effective response to these allegations and thus protecting your company’s interests.

Get The Skilled Counsel You Need

Contact us online or call 502-498-8268 to 859-428-7029 to schedule an initial consultation. We know that your legal matters are critical, so we respond to client inquiries promptly.

Sources:

Kentucky Grocers Association
Spring 2015 Vol. 5, Issue 1, Retailer SNAP
Violations Can be Costly, Randall Strause

The Shelby Report: September 2015
Vol. 49, Issue 9, Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP), Randall Strause