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SNAP Fraud Framework Implementation Grant

In June of 2019, the U. S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS) awarded the Department a two year grant toward the development of new data analytics and processes in the prevention, investigation, and enforcement of recipient program fraud and trafficking offenses. Fraud is an illegal act in which an individual obtains something of value through willful misrepresentation. SNAP Fraud may include intentional failure to properly report wages, household members, or trafficking of benefits. Trafficking is buying, selling, trading, or attempting to buy, sell, or trade benefits for cash, drugs, weapons, ammunition, or any other non-eligible item. 

DHS is using the grant award to develop and establish Tennessee’s Data Intelligence and Analytics Program for the prevention and detection of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Fraud. DHS plans to create a data intelligence and analytics program to expand the Department’s capabilities in inspecting our SNAP program, transactional data for identification and detection of potential fraudulent activity, and the development of analytical tools to support the continual evaluation and investigation of potential fraudulent activity.


What is Fraud?

WHAT IS FRAUD?

Fraud is an illegal act in which an individual obtains something of value through willful misrepresentation. SNAP Fraud may include intentional failure to properly report wages, household members, or trafficking of benefits. Trafficking is buying, selling, trading, or attempting to buy, sell, or trade benefits for cash, drugs, weapons, ammunition, or any other non-eligible item.