Food Stamp Fraud in Oregon

I am being investigated for Food Stamp Fraud in Oregon. I did not report my husband’s income for 4 months while received the food stamps. I have been paying the overpayment back. What is the worst thing they will probably do to me? I have no record and I am just worried for my kids, husband and myself. I don’t want a felony on my record for this one lapse in judgement.

Asked on June 26, 2009 under Criminal Law, Oregon

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

First off, food stamp fraud is actionable under both federal and state law.  However, if it's only 4 months of overpayments, restition is being made, you have been co-operative, and, hopefully have an otherwise clean criminal record, it's doubtful they will saddle you with a felony.

Here's a site that you will find to be of help:  http://www.lawhelp.org/documents/52071fraud_investigators.pdf?stateabbrev=/OR/


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