What to do if I received a letter stating that I was being reviewed for public assistance fraud?

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What to do if I received a letter stating that I was being reviewed for public assistance fraud?

Do I need a lawyer and what is the typical process?

Asked on February 3, 2014 under Criminal Law, Florida

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Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Public Assistance or Food Stamp fraud is the intentional misrepresentation, concealment or withholding of information in order to get any, or increased, public assistance or food stamp benefits.  If you intentionally sign any papers (such as an application for benefits, a questionnaire, or recertification papers) in which the information in the papers is not true, you have committed fraud.  This is true even if you never end up receiving any public assistance or food stamps at all.

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