(1) An applicant or recipient is disqualified from receiving cash benefits under TANF if convicted of fraud by misrepresentation of residence in order to receive assistance from two or more states at the same time from any assistance program funded by the following:
(a) TANF and any other benefit authorized by Title IV-A of the Social Security Act; or
(b) Any benefit authorized by The Food Stamp Act of 1997; or
(c) Any benefit authorized by Title XIX, medicaid; or
(d) SSI benefits authorized by Title XVI.
(2) The disqualification penalty is applied as follows:
(a) Only to convictions based on actions which occurred on or after May 1, 1997; and
(b) Only to the person convicted of fraud in federal or state court; and
(c) For a disqualification period of ten years or a period determined by the court, whichever is longer.
(3) The disqualification period begins the date the person is convicted of fraud by misrepresentation of residence in order to receive assistance from two or more states at the same time.
(4) The provisions of subsections (1) through (3) of this section do not apply when the President of the United States has granted a pardon for the conduct resulting in the conviction of fraud by misrepresentation of residence. The disregard of the provisions because of a pardon is effective the date the pardon is granted and continues for each month thereafter.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, § 388-446-0010, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]