Misrepresenting Interstate Residence

Created on: 
Oct 26 2015

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What is Misrepresenting Interstate Residence?

A Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) applicant or recipient is disqualified from receiving cash benefits if convicted of fraud by misrepresentation of residence in order to receive assistance from two or more states at the same time. For more information, see EAZ Manual - WAC 388-446-0010 TANF disqualification period for fraud convictions of misrepresenting interstate residence.

What is the disqualification period for misrepresenting interstate residence?

The disqualification period is applied as follows for misrepresenting interstate residence:

  • Only to convictions based on actions which occurred on or after May 1, 1997; and
  • Only to the person convicted of fraud in federal or state court; and
  • For a disqualification period of ten years or a period determined by the court, whichever is longer.

The disqualification period begins the date the person is convicted of fraud by misrepresentation of residence in order to receive assistance from two or more states at the same time.

Online Processing

How do I disqualify a client for misrepresenting interstate residence?

To disqualify a client for misrepresenting interstate residence, take the following steps:

  1. On the Client Details page in the Questions section, select the Yes radio button for the question Has this client been convicted in state or federal court of misrepresenting their residence in order to receive federally-funded public assistance (TANF, FS, SSI, Medicaid) concurrently in two or more states after 5/1/1997?
  2. Verify the following on the Eligibility Details page and click Confirm Benefits:
  • Financial Responsibility field - CA/MA Sanctioned (DI)
​NOTE: A pregnant recipient has a financial responsibility of Recipient (RE).
  • Status field - Active (A).
  • Reason field - Convicted of Receiving PA in 2 or more States (262).
  1. Click Commit Changes on the Eligibility page.
NOTE: A pregnant woman who has misrepresented interstate residence continues to receive cash assistance through the State Family Assistance (SFA) program while she is pregnant. Once the pregnancy ends, she is no longer eligible for SFA. To determine the effective date of the change, see EAZ Manual - WAC 388-418-0020 How does the department determine the date a change affects my cash and Basic Food benefits?

How do I lift the disqualification for a client who has completed their period of ineligibility for misrepresenting interstate residence?

To lift the disqualification for misrepresenting interstate residence, take the following steps:

  1. On the AU Details page, remove Reason Code 262 - Convicted of Receiving PA in 2 or more States at the client level and AU level if necessary.
  2. On the disqualified client’s Client Details page, complete the following fields:
  • Eligibility Established Date field - Enter the [date the client is eligible to begin receiving assistance].
  • In the Questions section, select the No radio button for the question Has this client been convicted in state or federal court of misrepresenting their residence in order to receive federally-funded public assistance (TANF, FS, SSI, Medicaid) concurrently in two or more states after 5/1/1997?
  1. Verify the Financial Responsibility field on the Eligibility Details page displays Recipient (RE) and click Confirm Benefits.
  2. Click Commit Changes on the Eligibility page.

Mainframe Processing

How do I disqualify a client for misrepresenting interstate residence?

To disqualify a client for misrepresenting interstate residence, take the following steps:

  1. On the DEM4 screen, answer [Y] - Yes to the question Has this client been convicted in state or federal court of misrepresenting their residence in order to receive federally-funded public assistance (TANF, FS, SSI, Medicaid) concurrently in two or more states after 5/1/97?
  2. Verify the following on the ELIG screen and commit the data:
  • Fin Resp field - [DI] - CA/MA Sanctioned.
Note: A pregnant recipient has a financial responsibility of [RE] - Recipient.
  • T field - [A] - Active.
  • Rsn field - Reason Code 262 - Convicted of Receiving PA in 2 or more States.
NOTE: A pregnant woman who has misrepresented interstate residence continues to receive cash assistance through the State Family Assistance (SFA) program while she is pregnant. Once the pregnancy ends, she is no longer eligible for SFA. To determine the effective date of the change, see EAZ Manual - WAC 388-418-0020 How does the department determine the date a change affects my cash and Basic Food benefits?

How do I lift the disqualification for a client who has completed their period of ineligibility for misrepresenting interstate residence?

To lift the disqualification for misrepresenting interstate residence, take the following steps:

  1. On the STAT screen, remove Reason Code 262 - Convicted of Receiving PA in 2 or more States at the client level and AU level if necessary.
  2. On the disqualified client’s DEM1 screen, in the Elig Est Date field, enter [the date the client is eligible to begin receiving assistance].
  3. On the DEM4 screen, answer change the answer [N] - No to the question Has this client been convicted in state or federal court of misrepresenting their residence in order to receive federally-funded public assistance (TANF, FS, SSI, Medicaid) concurrently in two or more states after 5/1/97?
  4. Verify the ELIG screen displays RE - Recipient in the Fin Resp field and commit the data.

 

See ACES Screens and Online Pages for an example of pages or screens used in this chapter.