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1 N.J.A.R. 311

Middlesex County Welfare Agency; F., J. v
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Citation: 1 N.J.A.R. 311
Decision Date: 1980
Agency: DIVISION OF PUBLIC WELFARE
Synopsis: Petitioner's application for food stamp benefits was denied by a local county welfare board which claimed that the petitioner had transferred some of his resources solely to meet food stamp eligibility requirements. Evidence was presented which showed that on the day petitioner applied for food stamps, he was told the amount of financial resources his household could have and still be eligible for food stamps. On that same day, petitioner withdrew $1,700 from his son's bank account and received a note from his mother-in-law which stated that she had received an equivalent amount from petitioner as repayment of a car loan petitioner said was made in 1977. The petitioner was unable to produce any written evidence of the car loan. The administrative law judge determined that the lack of any written evidence of the loan, coupled with the timing of the bank withdrawal, supported a conclusion that the petitioner had knowingly transferred funds to meet food stamp eligibility requirements and thus should be disqualified from food stamp benefits for six months, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 4:14-4.19.