Welfare fraud is that general cast of activities designed to defraud the welfare system for personal and improper benefit.

The following are the common acts of welfare fraud committed:

• Failure to report money or income received improperly;
• Failing to report when a child leaves home, as this involves the valuation of welfare benefits allotted;
• Failure to or refusal to report acquired property or other possessions that affect the valuation of welfare benefits allotted;
• Use of fake identification and claim for someone else’s to receive benefits and services;
• Making untrue statements to the legal authorities in order to obtain additional benefits;
• Receipt of benefits that are no longer entitled to the individual;
• Receipt of benefits from more than one state welfare fund;

Depending on the factual circumstances of the case, the criminal history of the accused and the amount defrauded, the penalties imposable would include restitution of the illegally obtained benefits and revocation of entitlement for future welfare benefits. The criminal penalties would also include imprisonment, requirement of community service among other imposable punishments.

The crime of welfare fraud is a serious matter in California. Should you be or know anyone facing any of these charges, do reach out to the lawyers at the Law Offices of Ramiro J. Lluis for a free consultation today.