Have you been accused of welfare fraud? Experienced welfare fraud defense attorney Dan E. Chambers can help.
Welfare fraud is defined as the taking by fraud of undeserved benefits from any of California’s state-sponsored assistance programs. Welfare fraud may be internal fraud (committed by program employees) or recipient fraud (committed by the public). As an experienced welfare fraud defense attorney, Dan E. Chambers can assist with either type of charge, though recipient fraud is by far the more common. Most cases of recipient fraud involve individuals allegedly:
- Making false statements
- Failing to provide relevant information
- Applying for benefits under more than one name
- Illegal using or transferring benefits
Penalties for Welfare Fraud
The penalties for welfare fraud vary from 6 months in jail and a maximum $500 fine to 3 years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines according to the type of fraud allegedly committed, the value of the benefits taken, and whether the crime is charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Additionally, anyone convicted of welfare fraud will be disqualified from ever receiving future benefits and also risks having state-issued professional licenses revoked. Welfare fraud charges are often paired with additional charges for theft, forgery, perjury, or conspiracy, making it extremely important to hire a welfare fraud defense attorney with well-rounded experience in criminal law.
Responding to Welfare Fraud Charges
If you have been charged with welfare fraud, you have two main options. First, you may choose to defend your innocence. You might argue that you didn’t intend to defraud the state or that the entire situation is a case of mistaken identity. Dan E. Chambers has ample experience with the most successful welfare fraud defense arguments and he knows exactly where to look for the evidence needed to support your defense. Alternatively, if you have the ability to repay all or most of the value of the benefits allegedly taken by fraud from the state, you may be able to get the charges against you dropped or at least secure a plea deal resulting in a reduced charge and a more lenient sentence. As your welfare fraud defense attorney in Southern California, Dan E. Chambers can explain this option to you in detail.
Why Make Dan E. Chambers Your Southern California Welfare Fraud Defense Attorney
If you depend on welfare benefits to support your family, you naturally do not want to risk an unfair welfare fraud conviction disqualifying you from ever receiving those benefits again. Fortunately, when you have Dan E. Chambers on your side as your welfare fraud defense attorney, you can rest assured that every possible avenue for your defense will be aggressively explored. Dan will protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome to your case.