posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 01:09 PM
I got a visit from the DSHS QA agent back in April of this year to audit me for food stamps. As stupid as it sounds, it appears to be a way for the
state to trim random people off of food stamps. I'm not proud to be on food stamps but don't know how else I would eat otherwise. Like its not bad
enough or embarrassing enough that someone has to rely on food stamps to eat, then they want to try to use tactics to try to reduce or remove them
You have to comply with QA and allow them to audit you otherwise they have the right to remove you from receiving food stamps. You don't have to be
doing anything wrong either to get your stamps reduced or removed. The process is set up to try to come up with any way they can to remove you from
service. I'm a single parent and currently get over $400 a month in child support, but that's only when they pay. TANF which was the replacement
for welfare, only ensures that I get $385 a month, but of course they freeze my child support until its paid back.
At any rate I wanted to share the details of what happened during this audit. It's supposedly random selection but a recent event with CPS leads me
to believe otherwise. Anyhow, the letter claims that its random. So you have to call their office and schedule a good time when an agent can meet
with you to audit you, and you have to be able to show bank records and all proof of income as well as rent receipts.
In April I had received my tax refund which actually doesn't count as income and I knew this as well. I don't like to leave money in the bank so
removed it all, but in order to make a couple of purchases, I had to re deposit some money. This seemed odd in the audit but I just explained the
details. The idea here is the auditor wants to try to find anything wrong in your records that could explain an overpayment in food stamps.
The way that questions were asked during the audit were pretty odd as well. For example, he explained that sometimes people report that they prepare
meals separately from a roommate ½ the time or even ¼ of the time. But I don't, I prepare all my meals separately. This was obviously an attempt
to pull my service. But he wasn't happy with that, he had to go talk to my landlord to confirm that I actually pay the rent that the receipt claims I
Another attempt was made to find a discrepancy by him sending a form to my roommates parents and asking them if I prepare all of my meals separately.
I was informed after the interview that everything looked fine and he didn't anticipate me having any problems. Whats odd is he calls me three
months later to inform me that he is still working on my case and just trying to close it out. He had asked about the ½ of rent that I pay and if he
could confirm that with my roommate over the phone, so we did.