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WIC Fraud and Abuse

The South Carolina WIC program is intended for families in need of nutritional education and support.  WIC foods 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 WIC site.  Fraud and abuse take resources away from those who need them most.

Examples of fraud and abuse include participants who:

  • Sell or give away WIC checks
  • Sell or give away formula or foods purchased with WIC checks (including selling formula and/or foods through online sites such as Facebook, Craigslist, etc.)
  • Do not tell the truth about income, current address, family size or pregnancy when applying for WIC
  • Intentionally obtain WIC benefits from more than one WIC site or another state at the same time
  • Redeem WIC checks after a change in custody

In cases of fraud and/or abuse, you and your entire family may be:

  • Disqualified from the WIC program
  • Required to repay the value of the foods, baby formula or breast pump issued to you
  • Prosecuted under state and federal laws

The South Carolina WIC program has a zero tolerance policy for abusive behavior toward WIC staff, vendors and farmers.