A high school student was asked to return $2,000 in food stamps he never even received.
Denver Human Services justifies the need for reimbursement with state regulation clarify that “all adult family members will
and is partially responsible for the value of any excess benefits to the household. “
Harrer was just an 18-year-old high school student when he received a letter from the Human Services Department demanding $138, and he was amazed.
“Now suddenly I am in debt. I don’t know what to do, $2,000 is a lot, a lot of money,” Harrer said CBS4. “If I don’t return it, they will deduct my taxes.”
“I don’t make a lot of money.”
Harrer told the store he knew his mother was unemployed, but he didn’t know she was applying for food stamps at the time.
The mother-of-three alleges that the county made a mistake in calculating her unemployment benefits.
According to Harrer’s mother, the agency did not back down and even sent the case to the US Treasury Department for collection.
Harrer’s attorney, Suzanne Taheri, filed an appeal in favor of the State Department of Human Services.
Taheri said that Harrer had no chance to contest the allegation in a hearing held by the county or state, and claimed that the lawsuit may not have been brought to due process.
“They were pretty ruthless,” Harrer said.
Neither Denver Human Services nor the Colorado Department of Human Services responded to The Sun for comment.
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