Use of mailing address did not prove living arrangement in light of other evidence.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2014-03-25 
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The Department of Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIS), failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that Respondent committed an intentional food stamp program violation.  OIS sought to prove that Respondent lived with the father of one of her children, yet did not report his income in applying for food stamp benefits.  Respondent successfully rebutted OIS’s case by demonstrating that she and her children lived with her grandmother and that she only used the father’s address for mail after her food stamp EBT card was stolen from her grandmother’s mailbox.  As the father did not live in Respondent’s household, she was not required to report his income in her application for food stamps.