Examples of SNAP Violations

At Roberts Law Group, we've defended grocery stores and convenience stores against the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for SNAP violations. There are many types of these violations, any of which can threaten your ability to handle EBT transactions in your store.

In general, any "trafficking" in SNAP benefits is a violation that could lead to permanent disqualification.

Violations often done by store clerks or cashiers:

  • Accepting SNAP benefits in exchange for alcohol, cigarettes, and other goods that are not approved for EBT transactions
  • Accepting SNAP benefits in exchange for cash to the customer
  • Accepting SNAP benefits from a customer who isn't EBT qualified

These are three very common examples, often committed by a store clerk or cashier, either knowingly or unknowingly. It is relatively easy for a cashier to become involved in food stamp trafficking. This puts you as the owner at risk.

Violations often done by owners or managers:

  • Continuing to participate in EBT transactions after you've already been disqualified by transferring ownership or changing store name
  • Submitting false information on your EBT application
  • Maintaining receipts that show more in SNAP benefits than in the value of qualified foodstuffs

Accused by the USDA? What can you do?

If you've been accused by the USDA of a SNAP violation, you have a limited amount of time in which you can respond and mount your defense. Remember that the government has the power to permanently disqualify your store if the USDA believes that you or your employees committed any of the above common SNAP violations, among other penalties.

Roberts Law Group, based in North Carolina, handles SNAP violation cases anywhere in the nation. The nature of this work allows us to handle most SNAP cases by phone and email. This means that you can rely on the experienced and accomplished lawyers of Roberts Law Group to preserve your ability to accept EBT transactions and revenue, even if your store is located outside of North Carolina.

Call 866-630-2389 to speak with us about your case.

North Carolina vs. M.W.
Charge: Charge: Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon (4 Counts), First Degree Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon
Facing: 12 - 17 years in prison
Result: Dismissed

An incarcerated defendant accused our client of participating in the robbery of a group of youth at a party. We were able to raise doubt as to the credibility of this individual. In the end, the prosecutor dismissed these charges, citing a lack of evidence.