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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

IREA utilizes data matches and data mining to identify fraud and abuse in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP” or “food stamps”).  In 2012, IREA recovered more than $4.2 million in inappropriate payments, with 81% of cases under investigation having uncovered fraud or abuse.
Key Areas:

  • Voluntary Recovery Efforts: when the agency receives a repayment resulting from an investigation that did not require legal action—
    o Up over 1,546% from 2007
    o Quarters 1, 2, & 3 2013: 147 voluntary recoveries,
    o Total for 2012: 214 voluntary recoveries.
  • Investigations by Borough: 2012, we had 11,704 with specific borough data
    o 3,152 investigations were in the Bronx,
    o 3,362 in Brooklyn,
    o 2,966 in Manhattan,
    o 1,778 in Queens, and
    o 446 on Staten Island

SNAP Historical Data 2012 & 2013: 

Sept
2013
Quarter 1
2013
Quarter 2
2013
Quarter 3
2013
CYTD
2013
CYTD
2012
Investigations Completed 2,053 2,739 2,473 2,920 8,132 9,957
Positive Dispositions 1,816 2,255 2,080 2,384 6,719 7,899
Neutral Dispositions 16 107 89 132 328 n/a
Negative Dispositions 221 377 304 404 1,085 2,058
Cost Savings $2,162,368 $2,561,177 $2,315,091 $2,577,033 $7,453,301 $16,305,234
Dollars Received $101,661 $41,997 $126,944 $170,325 $339,266 n/a