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Fraud claims

California has clarified the fraud referral process (ACL 13-89), and  issued a “California CalFresh Integrity Plan” that sets out how the state will address fraud that involves trafficking, sell, and conversion of benefits. These are all forms of Intentional Program Violations (IPV). The IPV process and penalties are set out below.  Applicants and recipients must cooperate in establishing eligibility in order to receive benefits.  This may include a home visit when documentary evidence is insufficient to provide “a firm determination of eligibility or benefit level”. [MPP §63-300.5(i); 7 C.F.R. § 273.2(f)(4)(iii).] Home visits must only occur on a case-by-case basis, and must be scheduled in advance with the household [MPP § 63-300.44]. The county must work out a time with the applicant for the visit before a worker comes, however it does not have to tell applicants the exact time of day of the visit. Applicants do not have to let workers visit their home, but this could lead to a denial of benefits.

Households, however, are not required to meet with one of its fraud investigators. See FNS Memorandum to Program Directors, Food Stamp Program Cooperation with Fraud Investigations (April 24, 2003).