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Iowa WIC Program Fraud & Abuse Reporting Form

Iowa WIC works to ensure that allegations of fraud and abuse are investigated thouroughly. The Iowa WIC program is intended for families in need of nutritional support. WIC food and formula are to be used for the WIC participant only and cannot be sold or given away. WIC foods not used by the participant should be returned to the local agency. Fraud and abuse take resources away from those who need them most.

Examples of fraud and abuse include:

WIC Participant Fraud may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Dual Participation which includes:
  • Receiving WIC benefits from more than one site at the same time
  • Receiving WIC benefits in more than one State at the same time
  • Making a verbal offer of sale to another individual or allowing someone else to do so
  • Posting WIC foods or benefits for sale in print (in newspapers or publications) or allowing someone else to do so
  • Posting WIC foods or benefits for sale on the internet (through websites such as Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, etc.) or allowing someone else to do so
  • Making false or misleading statements or intentionally misrepresenting, concealing or withholding facts to obtain WIC benefits
  • Attempted/purchase or actual returning or exchanging of foods purchased as WIC benefits for cash, credit, non-food items, non-WIC foods or WIC foods in amounts other than those listed on the participant's WIC food instrument
  • Giving away WIC food benefits or WIC food instruments
  • Other actions involving WIC food instruments in violation of WIC policy

WIC Vendor or Grocery Store Fraud may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Knowingly exchanging or refunding money for WIC food items
  • Exchanging WIC food instruments for money
  • Giving rain checks, IOUs or crediting personal accounts
  • Allowing WIC participants to purchase non-WIC products
  • Charging higher prices for WIC food items to WIC participants

Iowa takes all reports of fraud and abuse seriously and encourages the immediate reporting of any alleged WIC program violations, abuse, or fraud.

Individuals making reports may remain anonymous. Please report as many details and be as specific as possible.

To report suspected fraud or abuse of the Iowa WIC program:

  • Call the Iowa WIC Program at 515-725-4139 Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    OR
  • Complete the online report form below

Submit a Report

 

Identify the Person(s) and/or Business that was involved

Sufficient information, including the name and the description of the observed fraud or abuse, must be provided in this step in order for your report to be addressed.

Required fields are marked with an *

Note: If the name of the person(s) is unknown, enter the word Unknown in this field and provide a description in the report description field
Note: If no business was involved, enter the word None in this field
Was the person and/or business a WIC participant or WIC retailer? (Check all that apply) *

Describe the Fraud or Abuse







 

Contact Information

If you do not submit anonymously, you must include your first name, last name, and either an email address or phone number so that the department may follow-up on your report if necessary.
format required: (###) ###-####

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For more information about WIC, call (515) 281-6650. You may also use the Contact Us system to send us a question online.

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

Read the full USDA Non-Discrimination Statement and to learn how to file a complaint.