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7 C.F.R. 278.6(b) – Disqualification of Retail Stores from Food Stamps Program

7 C.F.R. 278.6(b) – Disqualification of Retail Stores from Food Stamps Program

Whole food and retail stores that do not comply with the regulations laid out in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) face fines or even suspensions. In response to suspicious activity, the Department of Agriculture can send you a 10 day termination notice. However, you can submit a written or oral explanation to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) office in your area.

For SNAP to permit you to continue EBT card transactions, there has to be consistency in the data they see for EBT redemption in the store. If there is a violation in your store, it will be described in a letter you receive from the USDA. A store can also be booted from the SNAP program because they are no longer qualified for the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children program – or WIC.

Stores disqualified from SNAP because of WIC disqualification cannot appeal. You might be disqualified from the WIC program for out of date food on your shelves or because you do not have required foods. Or employees could be exchanging these food instruments for drugs, ammunition or cash, overcharging customers or using unauthorized transaction channels.

A SNAP disqualification for your store will last as long as you are suspended from the WIC program, although it may begin a bit later than the WIC disqualification. Once your store is disqualified from WIC participation, SNAP does not review your store. Note that if SNAP disqualification would have a negative impact on nearby EBT households, you will not necessarily be disqualified because of a WIC disqualification.

Your ten-day notice from the FNS will lay out the violations your store committed and the actions you will have to take to regain SNAP licensure. An experienced lawyer can help you assemble a defense. Permanent disqualifications begin as soon as you get the letter, with temporary disqualifications lasting anywhere between six months to five years for the first sanction and 1-10 years for the second sanction. Sometimes criminal charges also follow.

If a lawyer can help you create an effective response, you may be able to simply pay a penalty and continue participating in the program. These penalties are limited to $59,000. To increase the chances of a penalty rather than a suspension, ensure your employees get thorough SNAP and EBT transaction training. You will want to provide the agency with verification of such training.

Your lawyer should be able to help you assemble any necessary documentation. Your disqualified store can reapply to the SNAP program, but no sooner than 10 days following your disqualification. FNS decides on your eligibility. If your store’s disqualification results in suffering for the neighborhood, you will likely be reauthorized.

When you get a letter from the USDA ending your participation in SNAP, you will need to find a lawyer with experience in this area to help with your defense. Remember you must respond quickly, and the effectiveness of that response determines whether you are suspended or penalized.

What to Do if You Receive a 10 Day Notice from USDA SNAP EBT

As a beneficial way to provide nutrition to struggling families, the first version of a SNAP program began in 1939 in response to widespread unemployment. This program only lasted about four years. There was a period of 18 years before another program would start in 1961. Today, millions of people depend on this program to help feed their families. Misuse of SNAP benefits by consumers or retailers can carry stiff penalties.

What is a SNAP Civil Money Penalty?

Although it may be difficult to understand, the civil money penalty is an alternative to suspension of a retailer from participating in the SNAP program. In other words, rather than stopping the business from taking SNAP benefits either temporarily or permanently, Congress allowed the USDA to fine them. SNAP benefits can only be used to purchase certain food items. Sometimes people and businesses do not adhere to the rules of the program.

A business is not allowed to benefit or profit from improper use of SNAP benefits. If the USDA believes the business is profiting from the program, they will send a letter telling the business the penalties they are facing. The offense is quite serious, and fines and penalties can be severe. When the letter is received by the business, they have 10 days to respond to the letter and qualify to pay the amount the USDA says is owed, allowing them to continue to accept SNAP benefits. If the business ignores or does not respond to this letter within 10 days, they will lose their ability to accept SNAP from their customers.

Qualifying for the Civil Money Penalty

When a business receives a SNAP violation letter, it is not just as simple as paying the fine. There are dozens of questions that must be answered in order to qualify for the penalty. Many business owners are confused. They do not know what they did wrong. They are overwhelmed and may decide to ignore the letter. Contacting an attorney immediately to advise them how to handle the letter is of the utmost importance.

Since so many people depend on SNAP to buy the groceries their family needs, if your store can not accept SNAP, they will take their business elsewhere. This can result in a huge loss of income. Losing customers, even temporarily, can hurt a business. Once the customer goes to another store, they may not come back if and when the store is permitted to accept SNAP.

Can An Attorney Help?

Paying the fine is likely to be far less expensive than the loss of business. It is not just as simple as sending the USDA the fine. There is a lengthy process that includes many rules, requirements, and questions. An attorney experienced in dealing with this type of case can help you sort through the maze of questions, rules, and regulations. He or she can assist you with all aspects of the civil money penalty and help to keep your business from experiencing financial loss.

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Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
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debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



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