The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program of Indiana, more commonly known by the acronym SNAP, is a joint venture between the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. This joint association provides people with both federal and state options to report potential instances of SNAP -- food stamp -- fraud.
SNAP fraud involves three specific actions.
- Trafficking occurs when a SNAP recipient sells food stamp benefits. Application fraud occurs when a recipient falsifies information on a SNAP application. Retail fraud happens when a retailer removed from the program due to past abuse lies on an application to gain reentry.
General Reporting Procedures
Neither the USDA nor the FSSA has a form to report food stamp fraud. However, the FSSA recommends that you provide as much detail and evidence as possible. This includes:
- The name of the person or business committing food stamp fraud. A statement detailing how the fraud occurred or is occurring, the address where it took or is taking place and the dates. As an option, include the names of any witnesses who can verify the allegations.
All reports are classified as confidential under the Whistleblower Protection Act, and you also have the option to remain anonymous.
To the State
Indiana has four ways to report food stamp fraud.
- By telephone: call 800-403-0864 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Select option 1, then option 6 and enter your zip code.
- By e-mail: include the relevant information in an e-mail addressed to ReportFraud@fssa.IN.gov.
- By postal mail: send a letter containing the relevant information to FSSA Compliance Division, Office of General Counsel, Room E-414, 402 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
- By fax: send the information to 317-234-2244.
To the USDA
Report food stamp fraud to the USDA Office of Inspector General over the telephone, via e-mail or by postal mail:
- The telephone number is 800-424-9121.
- The mailing address is: United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, PO Box 23399, Washington, DC 20026-3399.
- The e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While either option is acceptable, the USDA recommends that you report trafficking and application fraud to the Indiana FSSA.
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