How to Prove Food Stamp Fraud

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Proving food stamp fraud involves showing that a individual gave false information to receive benefits or misused food stamp benefits. Proof of trafficking shows that a recipient of benefits or a retailer has engaged in illegal activities such as buying nonfood items such as tobacco with benefits.

Visit the Food Research and Action Center website (see Resources) to learn about food stamp benefits. Learn the rules and regulations of the food stamp program. Click on the "Food Stamp Center" button to gather information pertaining to the food stamp program. Print the information and use this as a reference. Establish food stamp fraud exists by proving an individual has violated the rules and regulations of the program.

Provide photos or documents of an individual knowingly using food stamp benefits to buy alcohol or tobacco products to your local department of human resources agency. Receipts showing that a individual purchased any nonfood items such as pet food or household supplies with food stamps demonstrates fraud.

Confirm information used to receive benefits, such as income, to assist in proving food stamp fraud. Speak with employers and neighbors to gather information regarding food stamp fraud. Present documentation of an individual who has misrepresented information such as household size or assets to your local department of human resources agency. Provide lease agreements and pay check stubs to verify that an individual has misrepresented income or household size.


  • To avoid punishment for food stamp fraud, report correct information when applying for a food stamp program.


  • To gather evidence in order to prove fraud, talk with people who know the individual personally, such as friends and family.



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Amanda Dyar is a professional writer with 20 years of experience. She has published several books based on her short story writings. Her first published book was "Collections of the Insane Mind." She was a lifestyle columnist for the Weekly Post in Rainsville, Ala. She holds a bachelor's degree in human resource management and psychology.

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