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Protecting Your Business Against Allegations Of SNAP Violations

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and similar food aid programs are among the federal government’s biggest expenditures. With billions invested in these programs annually, it’s no surprise that authorities take any alleged retailer misconduct very seriously. When your business faces accusations of SNAP violations, securing a strong advocate can be key to safeguarding your company’s future.

The team at the Law Office Of W. Matthew Iler, Jr., understands the gravity of SNAP violation allegations. Based in Beverly, the firm offers dedicated support to help you resolve them. W. Matthew Iler, Jr. has assisted small convenience stores and other businesses throughout Massachusetts with such issues for over 17 years. Turn to him for the solution-focused representation you need when facing these high-stakes commercial disputes.

What Is SNAP?

Previously known as the food stamp program, SNAP offers financial aid to low-income families for food purchases. SNAP beneficiaries use the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system to purchase food at authorized retailers. The scope of this program is massive, with hundreds of thousands of retailers in the country having been cleared to accept EBT transactions.

Common SNAP Violation Allegations

While the federal government does not directly supervise every aspect of the SNAP program, there are stringent rules in place for participating retailers. These businesses could face accusations of violations including:

  • Improper sales: EBT payments are only allowed for specific goods. Taking such payments for unauthorized items is against the law.
  • Improper cash payments: Federal law forbids exchanging cash for EBT payments. Allegations of giving cash back on EBT transactions or engaging in SNAP trafficking could leave your business facing very serious legal trouble.

Mr. Iler is ready to help you understand your options and navigate the complexities of responding to such allegations.

What Enforcement Tactics Could Your Business Face?

The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service administers SNAP. It employs various enforcement strategies to uncover possible retailer violations. These include:

  • Scrutinizing EBT transactions for suspicious patterns, such as an EBT holder making several large transactions close together
  • Deploying undercover shoppers to test retailer compliance

Should such tactics lead to allegations against your business, you could face penalties that have massive financial consequences for your company. Examples include fines and loss of authorization to accept EBT payments.

A Proven Track Record In SNAP Cases

The stakes are high for businesses accused of SNAP violations. With the Food and Nutrition Service’s tendency not to settle or negotiate such cases, having a lawyer who has a proven track record of success with these matters is invaluable. Mr. Iler has secured many notable victories in SNAP cases. These include the dismissal and withdrawal of a SNAP trafficking case at the judicial appeal level and successful dismissals at the agency level. His efforts have helped numerous clients avoid severe EBT acceptance suspensions. Mr. Iler is ready to mount a robust defense for your business.

Defend Your Business’s Future. Contact The Firm Today.

When you are facing SNAP allegations, every decision matters. Partner with a firm that has demonstrated success protecting the best interests of retailers. Contact the Law Office Of W. Matthew Iler, Jr., today by calling 844-363-9406 or completing the firm’s contact form. We stand ready to defend your company’s rights vigorously.