A conditional discharge is not a criminal conviction for purposes of food stamp benefits.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by: Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: January 10, 2014 
Attachment: Click here to download the decision. 

The Office of Inspector General (OIS) was not permitted to administratively disqualify Petitioner, a food stamp recipient, from receiving benefits, nor could it collect an overissuance of food stamps.  OIS asserted that Petitioner had committed food stamp fraud by failing to report a felony drug charge.  However, as Petitioner was not convicted for the felony drug charge but rather received a conditional discharge, i.e., first offender treatment, she was not required to report it as a conviction.  Because first offender status does not disqualify Petitioner for benefits, there was no over-issuance of food stamps.

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