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Welfare Fraud

Welfare Fraud Criminal Defense Lawyer in Manhattan

Aggressively Protecting You against Welfare Fraud Charges

Welfare fraud accusations are rampant even when there is no actual illegality. If you are accused of this crime, you must contact an experienced Manhattan white collar crimes attorney immediately. Under New York law, a person engages in welfare fraud when they commit a fraudulent welfare act and thereby take or obtain public assistance benefits.

An individual can be found guilty of committing welfare fraud when they:

  • Knowingly and intentionally work to defraud the government;
  • In order to obtain public assistance benefits;
  • Or by doing so by impersonating another person or misrepresenting themselves;
  • Or lies in any manner in order to obtain said benefits.

Public assistance benefits mean services, property, or money provided indirectly or directly through programs of the government. A person basically commits welfare fraud when they lie to obtain public assistance and the lie is material, meaning the lie affected the situation.

Welfare fraud, in its most basic form, is Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, which is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. The degree of welfare fraud that a person commits goes up as the value that they obtain as a result of their fraud increases. Just like with other kinds of fraud, the degree of Welfare Fraud mirrors the Larceny statute in terms of punishment. Welfare fraud is a serious crime. See below for a more detailed explanation regarding the various degrees of welfare fraud, what the government needs to prove to sustain a conviction, and what the applicable sanctions are.

If you or a loved one is accused of welfare fraud, do not hesitate to contact our experienced white collar crimes lawyer in Manhattan for a free consultation. Call now at (212) 577-9328.


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