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Food Stamp Fraud CMP – CIVIL MONEY PENALTY

Operating a retail business in New York City can be both challenging and rewarding. Retailers need to understand many things about their business. They need to understand the clients they are working with and what kind of income, background and need they have when they look for a place to shop. A retailer may need to accept all sorts of payment types. This includes credit cards, e-payment methods and cash. A significant percentage of New York residents are dependent on food stamps in order to pay their bills. These stamps allow people to feed their families directly. They also allow people to stretch their existing food budget. While accepting food stamps is often a crucial part of doing business in the part of the world, doing so can be fraught with potential perils. Many rules govern the use and acceptance of food stamps by retailers. Any retailer needs to be aware of the rules that exist and how they are applied.

Penalties For Misuse

Unfortunately, it is possible to run afoul of the many laws that govern food stamp use. Many types of penalties exist for those who do so. There are many actions that can trigger such penalties. For example, someone may accept food stamps and give the person cash for their stamps. This is known as trafficking. Retailers are often held to very high standards. This is because authorities view them as their first line of defense against food stamp fraud. Retailers must be aware of the kinds of penalties that exist and may apply to their store. All employees and any managers need to know about the specific penalties that are commonly applied. One of the most common is what is known as the CMP or the Civic Money Penalty. The Civil Money Penalty is a fine that can be imposed on retailers. The amount of this fine can vary greatly from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. The fines are imposed by a civil court and designed to help combat industry fraud. The penalties may apply to both workers and individuals as well as companies. In the event of such allegations, it is crucial to make sure to have access to the best possible legal help. Legal help can protect a person’s interests in the event of such problems and help them get the best possible deal from the authorities.

A Charge Letter

In the event of a potential Civic Money Penalty, there are a series of steps that will be taken by the federal authorities. These steps are designed to make sure that the recipient understands all possible consequences of their action. People will get what is known as a charge letter. The letter is one that indicates the person has been found guilty of a violation of the food stamp distribution laws. After the letter is sent, the person or company has ten days to respond to it and apply what is known as an issuance of the civil money penalty. During this time, it is best to speak closely with a lawyer. A lawyer can help anyone understand the options that face them after they get this letter in the mail. All people need to keep in mind that the letter starts a ten day countdown. This ten day period is one that means the person or organization in question must apply to the authorities for a monetary penalty. If they do not respond to the letter within the ten day period, they will face an automatic suspension from the entire program. This could have a huge impact on their ability to do business in their local New York City neighborhood.

Facing Fines

The person with a CMP will be given a monetary penalty. A lawyer can help fight to get the amount of the penalty reduced. Under guidelines issued by the directors of the program, these fines are not to exceed a certain amount of money. The penalty must be paid. If it is not paid, the retailer may be barred from the program forever. This is why it is important to follow the letter exactly. A retailer can work closely with a lawyer, pay the fine and move forward.


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2021-03-12
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2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
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Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
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L.C.
2021-02-24
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I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
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2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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