Benefit Integrity and Recovery Unit
The Benefit Integrity and Recovery Unit (BRU) is charged with investigating recipient fraud in the Agency’s public assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Reports of suspected fraud are received from both internal and external sources. Examples of suspected fraud include withholding or falsifying information in order to receive public assistance to which one is not entitled, and trading or selling EBT cards in violation of program regulations. In fiscal year 2015, the BRU investigated 9,455 cases of suspected fraud and discovered $12.9 million in TANF, SNAP and child care overpayments due to fraud. All of these fraudulent disbursements must be repaid.
In Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016, the BRU was ranked “number one” in the Southeast in the following areas:
- Number of Intentional Program Violation (IPV) claims established in the Food Stamps program;
- IPV claims dollars collected in the Food Stamps program; and
- Dollar amount of fraud claims established in IPV in Food Stamps.
BRU has five operating units throughout the State: Benefit Trafficking, Claims and Recoveries, Fraud Detection and Investigations, Investigative Analytics and Knowledge Management and Staff Development.