The federal government estimates that improper payments in the WIC program have risen by as much as 30% over the last several years as more small and medium sized retailers enter the program. In addition, the growth in e-commerce sites such as eBay and craigslist has exposed a large number of illegal transactions of WIC formula, food, and other items.
Pondera’s System, built “by investigators, for investigators”, offers an extremely powerful, yet easy-to-use system to combat fraud, waste, and abuse in the SNAP program. Our integrated system spans fraud detection, investigation, and enforcement.
Detect WIC Fraud
Fraud Detection as a Service (FDaaS): Core detection system that includes over 50 Alerts, Prediction Models, and Geospatial Analysis Maps designed specifically for state WIC systems. Validates all retailers and recipients. Searches for issues such as out-of-state applicants, off-hour purchases, unusual travel patterns, and more.
Fraud Risk Scorecards Combine data matching services and behavioral flags to generate a fraud risk score for every recipient and retailer in your program. Stack rank all program actors to prioritize enforcement activities. Create custom scorecards based on your own investigative experience and apply that to the entire program database.
Investigate WIC Fraud
SuperSearch: Search the FDaaS database and integrated public records databases for information on recipients, retailers, associates, affiliates, and more. Hyperlink to recipient profiles for more information such as fraud indicators, alert history, geospatial maps, and Google Street View of locations.
Network Analyzer: Visually explore associations and network linkages between and among retailers and recipients. Use pre-built WIC templates for issues such as corporate associations and shared recipients. Save and share maps with fellow analysts and investigators.
Social Media Analyzer: Search for card trafficking or formula and food sales on commonly used e-commerce sites. Discover connections, associations, and investigative data through analysis of social network sites, blogs, and other on-line services. Save newly discovered links to your link analysis charts or open cases.
Enforce WIC Regulations
Case Tracker: Create, manage, collaborate, and report on cases generated by Pondera or through tips or other automated systems. Add notes, documents, and images to your cases.
Intel Reports: Request in-depth investigative reports from Pondera’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU), staffed by certified fraud examiners, WIC experts, and former law enforcement agents. Reports include behavioral, link, and social network analysis.
Executive Dashboard: Easily review the results of your detection and enforcement activities via a graphical management reporting system. Analyze your program’s most frequent Alerts, associated dollar amounts, and trends over time. Pondera’s entire suite of tools is fully integrated, passing data and leads between the detection, investigation, and enforcement modules. Your analysts and investigators access the system through a secure Internet Browser. Additional advantages of Pondera include:
- Rapid Deployments: Go live in as few as 120 days
- Cloud Infrastructure: No need to buy hardware or software
- Machine Learning: Identify emerging fraud trends with constantly improving algorithms
- Integrated Third Party Data: Validate identities, incarceration status, addresses, criminal histories, and more with pre-tested consumer and business databases