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SNAP Disqualification: EBT Retailer Violations

SNAP Disqualification: Avoid Permanent Disqualifications, Six Month Disqualifications and Permanent Authorization Denials.  Our firm is the most experienced SNAP firm in the nation.  We have prevented SNAP disqualifications for convenience stores, small grocers, supermarkets, delivery routes, seafood stores and meat markets. Give your store to best representation available. Call for a Free Consultation Standard Disqualifications…

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SNAP Violation: Permanent SNAP Disqualification Letter

SNAP Violation: Expert SNAP Disqualification Defense A Metropolitan Law Group SNAP Violation Representation Result Reversal of a Permanent Disqualification FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, a small grocer in Lexington, Kentucky participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as a retailer.  The store had never had a SNAP disqualification letter before, or so much as…

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SNAP Violation Charge Letters – What Not to Say to the USDA

SNAP Violation Charge Letters A SNAP Violation Charge Letter from the USDA looks simple enough when you receive it from UPS.  There are either specific allegations about a store visit, or a list of categories for “suspicious transactions” your store has run.  In appearance, it isn’t much different from what other state agencies and departments…

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SNAP Violation Letters – What Not to Do

SNAP Violation Letters A SNAP Violation Letter from the United States Department of Agriculture looks like a simple letter when you receive it in the mail.  There are either specific allegations about an undercover investigation, or a list of categories for “suspicious transactions” that have occurred at your store.  In appearance, the letter and its…

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SNAP Disqualification: Delivery Routes

SNAP Disqualification: Delivery Routes About once a year, the USDA comes out with a portion of the retailer market that it wants to reduce in size.  Typically, they focus on smaller stores and smaller business owners who don’t have the ability to defend themselves the way Walmart does.  The Department’s goal is usually to issue…

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SNAP Permanent Disqualification

Permanent Disqualification from SNAP Permanent disqualification from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a big problem.  It doesn’t just limit your store’s ability to accept EBT, it impacts your personal credit and reputation for the rest of your life.  To add insult to injury, it will also result in a Transfer Civil Money Penalty…

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SNAP Trafficking: What You Need to Know

Trafficking in SNAP Benefits Trafficking in SNAP Benefits is the worse offense an EBT retailer can be accused of.  It’s also the most common SNAP violation that the USDA charges.  If your store has been accused of trafficking, the penalties are harsh and swift, and it is possible that criminal charges could be involved.  However,…

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SNAP Violation: Retailer’s Response Guide to Trafficking

SNAP Violation: Retailer Response Guide to Trafficking So, you have a SNAP Violation Charge Letter, and hopefully you’ve read Part 1 of this guide.  Now that you understand what the USDA is accusing you of, and what they’re using to accuse you, it’s time to figure out your response. I’ll be blunt: on average you…

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SNAP Trafficking Attorney: Retailer’s Guide

SNAP Trafficking Attorney: Retailer’s Guide Did you get a letter from the USDA charging you with SNAP trafficking?  My name is Andrew Tapp and I am an attorney with Metropolitan Law Group.  My firm and I represent more Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailers in the United States than any other firm.  We have built…

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SNAP Reauthorization – Dairy Requirements

SNAP Reauthorization: SNAP Dairy Inventory Deficiency Did you receive a licensing authorization letter from the USDA for dairy inventory problems?  Often, the USDA will claim that your store doesn’t satisfy the criteria because it lacks dairy products.  Over the past year, this claim by the USDA has been very common.  It is a result of…

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