Information about Intentional Program Violations (IPV)
Authored By: Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
An Intentional Program Violation means that you had an overpayment from DHS in the past AND they believes you purposely hid or lied about information concerning your situation; AND, you received more benefits than you were entitled to because of your action. For Food Stamps, an IPV can also include misusing, selling, or buying Food Stamps.
Use this brochure if:
a) you received a notice from the Department of Human Services (DHS) saying that you are suspected of an intentional program violation (IPV), OR
b) you need to prepare for a possible IPV if you have received an overpayment notice for a household error.