(a) The commissioner shall return a voucher to a certified vendor unpaid if the certified vendor identification number is not properly affixed to the back of the voucher, the certified vendor does not endorse the voucher or the participant’s signature is missing on the face of the voucher. A voucher may be resubmitted for payment in the event that the signature or vendor certification identification error can be properly and legally corrected by the certified vendor. Violations of CFM/WIC procedures and rules applicable to a certified vendor shall be identified as Class I violations, Class II violations and Class III violations. Violations involving the use of multiple vouchers in a single sales transaction shall be considered as a single violation. Violations involving multiple sales transactions, regardless of time elapsed, shall be considered multiple violations at a standard of one violation per sales transaction.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 22-6n
- Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
- Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
(b) For Class I violations, the commissioner shall issue a warning letter to the violating certified vendor. Failure to appropriately display the certified vendor identification sign shall constitute a Class I violation.
(c) For Class II violations, the commissioner shall issue an official written citation of noncompliance to the violating certified vendor. The following shall constitute Class II violations:
(1) Noncompliance with rules and procedures as outlined in the vendor certification handbook and in the department-vendor agreement which is not specifically identified as a Class I violation;
(2) Participant is charged a price that is greater than that charged nonparticipant or is charged for items not received;
(3) Refusal to accept valid vouchers for Connecticut-grown fresh produce;
(4) Failure to permit or comply with procedures regarding inspection of evidence by the department when point of origin of fresh produce on display or offered for sale in a certified vendor staff is in question;
(5) Abusive or discriminatory treatment of participants or CFM/WIC staff;
(6) Displaying or offering for sale non-Connecticut-grown fresh produce in a certified vendor stall;
(7) An authorized farmers’ market is neither open nor staffed during posted hours and days during the season in which the certified vendor is a designated participant; or
(8) The second like instance of a Class I violation by a single certified vendor.
(d) For Class III violations, the commissioner shall suspend the violating vendor from participation in CFM/WIC. The following shall constitute Class III violations:
(1) A third Class I violation by a single vendor;
(2) The second of two Class II violations of the same type by a single vendor;
(3) Exchanging ineligible products or cash for vouchers; or
(4) Cashing vouchers for a noncertified market.
(e) The commissioner shall issue a written official notice of noncompliance to the certified vendor within seventy-two hours of receipt of evidence involving an act of noncompliance. Suspension of a certified vendor from participation in CFM/WIC shall remain in effect for the remainder of the season. An exception shall occur when suspension occurs within thirty days of the expiration date for voucher usage by participants. In such case, suspension shall also include the entire season of the following calendar year. In the event of a suspension, the vendor shall reimburse the commissioner for the value of any vouchers deposited and paid upon after the official date of suspension notification. At the conclusion of a suspension period, the vendor may reapply for certification in order to resume participation in CFM/WIC.
(f) Any vendor successfully recertified following a suspension shall be on probationary status for one full season. Recurrence of a Class II violation during the probationary period and for which the certified vendor has been cited shall be sufficient grounds for immediate and automatic suspension.