California Welfare Fraud Attorney
Have you been charged with Welfare Fraud? Your benefits could be in Jeopardy!
When you need help and apply for welfare benefits, the last thing you need is to be accused of welfare fraud. Being charged with welfare fraud could jeopardize the opportunity for you to receive any other state assistance, and will go on your record. Let Weber Law help you get the benefits you need!
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California Welfare Fraud Charges and Penalties
What is Welfare Fraud?
In the state of California, any person who willfully and knowingly, with the intent to deceive, makes a false statement or representation or knowingly fails to disclose a material fact in order to obtain aid under the provisions of this division or who, knowing he or she is not entitled thereto, attempts to obtain aid or to continue to receive aid to which he or she is not entitled, or to receive a larger amount than that to which he or she is legally entitled, is guilty of welfare fraud.
If you put down a different amount then what you make in order to get more welfare help, like food stamps, or disability, that is welfare fraud. If you say you have more children then you do in order to receive more welfare benefits, that is welfare fraud.
What are the Penalties?
There are a variety of penalties that a person found guilty of welfare fraud may face depending on the monetary value of the aid that was obtained.
A person who is found guilty of welfare fraud where the total amount of aid obtained or retained is $950.00 or less, they can be punished by imprisonment for up to six months, by a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.
A person who is found guilty of welfare fraud where the total amount of aid obtained or retained is more than $950.00, can be punished by imprisonment for sixteen months to three years, a fine of up to $5,000.00, or both.
There are other crimes also associated with welfare fraud that a person could be charged with. These crimes include identity theft and even forgery. Each of these charges carries a different penalty. So on top of a welfare fraud charge, you could potentially be facing another serious charge.
Even as a Defendant, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!
Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights, and it is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged. Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction. Do not try to fight these charges on your own—Weber Law is ready to help you today.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a welfare fraud charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
How Can WEBER LAW Help You?
If you have been charged with welfare fraud, Weber Law can help you defend yourself against this charge. Defenses for welfare fraud can include if you were a victim of identity theft, there was a typo, you did not intend to commit welfare fraud, and many others. Let Weber Law look at all the aspects of your case and come up with the best defense for you! We are comfortable and confident handling welfare fraud cases. We have experience winning these cases and getting you the benefits you need. If you or anyone you know has been charged with welfare fraud in the state of California, call Weber Law today for a consultation.
CA WEL & INST § 10980, Unlawful acts; penalties; exceptions to criminal prosecution for overpayment or over issuance of benefits
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