Fraud is the intentional misstatement or failure to disclose information regarding benefit eligibility. Thus, welfare fraud occurs where an individual is receiving welfare benefits that they are not eligible for.

What Are Some Examples of Welfare Fraud?

Laws regulating welfare fraud varies from state to state, but some common examples include: 

  • Failing to Report Income, Assets, Employment, Marital Status, Child Support, or other Financial Information
  • Using a False Identity to Obtain Welfare Benefits
  • Failing to Disclose Criminal Record or Outstanding Warrant
  • Applying for the Same Benefits under Multiple Names
  • Receiving Benefits from Multiple States
  • Fraudulently Reporting that a Parent or Child is Living in the Home
  • Intentionally Failing to Report a Change in Eligibility Status

What Are the Consequences of Welfare Fraud?

The penalties for welfare fraud include: 

  • Imprisonment
  • Repayment of Benefits Unlawfully Received
  • Denial of Future Benefits
  • Fines
  • Criminal Charges

What Should I Do If I Am Accused of Welfare Fraud?

If you are accused of welfare fraud, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights and legal defenses, and help guide you through the process.