TYPES OF WASTE, ABUSE AND FRAUD
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
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The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better
known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants,
& children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods
to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.
What is WIC?
- WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children
eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy.
- WIC provides nutrition education and nutritious foods to low-income women, infants
Waste, abuse and fraud in the WIC program may take different forms. Depending on
the specific referral, it may be investigated by one or more sections of the Office
of Inspector General. Examples of the different types of waste, abuse and fraud
in WIC include:
Contractors or their employees should be referred to the Sub-recipient Financial
Review Unit- WIC when suspected of waste, abuse and fraud activities including but
not limited to claims for:
- Unallowable expenditures
- Expenditures not made
- Services not provided; and/or
- Services provided to ineligible clients, including
- Questionable preparation of cost reports
- Processing food instruments (vouchers) without providing services; and/or
- Inappropriate issuance of formula or breast pumps.
WIC participants or employees of WIC contracted grocers/vendors should be referred
to the WIC Compliance Auditors section when there is a suspicion of waste, abuse
or fraud activities including but not limited to:
- Not allowing participant to purchase national brands of authorized WIC food items,
(selling only the store brands of foods)
- Requesting money from participant if food item dollar amount is more than the food
instrument (voucher) or instructing participant to take fewer items
- Accepting money in exchange for food instruments (vouchers); and/or
- Altering food prices on food instruments (vouchers).
Need to reach the WIC investigation office directly? Please call 512-491-2887. You may also reach WIC investigations by fax, 512-833-6487.