Welfare fraud is the crime of illegally obtaining welfare benefits. It typically includes falsification of information by a welfare recipient or employee within the system, and is a very serious offense. Persons found guilty of welfare fraud are often required to pay back the money that was fraudulently acquired. Depending on the circumstances of the case, a welfare fraud conviction can also result in jail time and mandatory community service. You will also be prevented from receiving benefits in the future. If you have been charged with welfare fraud, contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer from our firm to discuss your situation. A competent attorney can review the charges against you; explain your legal options and what you can expect from the prosecution regarding your case.
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When a person requests welfare benefits, they must provide accurate information about their living situation, income sources and dependents under penalty of perjury. It is a crime to obtain benefits by submitting inaccurate, false or misleading data. Welfare offenses, which are usually investigated for many months before charges are filed, include:
- Failing to report income, property or other assets
- Not reporting that a child is no long living at home
- Receiving benefits from multiple states
- Falsely claiming dependents
- Falsifying information in order to receive benefits
- Pretending to be another person in order to receive benefits
Martinian & Associates is a competent criminal defense firm that can provide valuable legal counsel if you are facing welfare fraud charges. We have considerable experience successfully defending clients accused of fraud, and will work diligently to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.