Long Island Welfare Fraud Lawyer
Charged with a white collar crime in Long Island?
Welfare fraud is rampant in some areas of New York and law enforcement
is cracking down on this misuse of government funds. The administration
and distribution of these benefits has a host of rules and regulations.
The Long Island criminal defense attorneys at Prime & O'Brien,
LLP have a team of legal professionals who constantly research changes
in these regulations to assist our clients in defending welfare charges.
Charges of welfare fraud can happen for any number of reasons. Some people
move frequently and are accused of fraud because of issues with their
resident address. Also, if your benefits are calculated on the basis of
household occupants and that number changes, you could be charged for
failing to notify the government of this change. These are just a sample
of how a person could be accused of welfare fraud.
Contact a Long Island Criminal Defense Attorney
Welfare benefits are calculated on household income. If you become employed
and don't notify the government of the fact of your employment, you
could be guilty of welfare fraud. We understand that often a job is temporary
and that you may be afraid to lose your safety net while determining if
the job will be permanent. There are mitigating circumstances that can
be argued at court to show you had no ill intent. Often a change in the
rules is not made clear to those receiving welfare and this fact can result
in violations of the rules regulating disbursement of funds.
Financial concerns can cause great stress and while welfare benefits provide
a minimum of food, clothing and shelter for those in need, it does not
alleviate the stress of constantly worrying about money. This stress can
cause an error in judgment, and if this is your story, let the skilled
team at Prime & O'Brien, LLP help you state your case to the court
and to seek a relief from the fear of conviction on this very serious offense.
Contact their team today – the
initial consultation is free to allow them to see the facts in your case so they can advise
you on the best course of action to take in your defense.