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Public Assistance Fraud

Fraud crimes come in a variety of forms.  Public assistance fraud, also commonly referred to as welfare fraud, generally involves knowingly making a false statement or failing to disclose a material fact while applying for government benefits in order to obtain a larger amount of public assistance than the person was entitled to. 

Examples of public assistance fraud in Florida include:  lying about earned income, lying about the number of people residing in a household, failing to disclose a job, failing to disclose a member in a household that earns income, and fraudulently possession or using an electronic benefits card (EBT card).

The penalties imposed for convictions for fraud crimes can be severe, including probation, fines, and incarceration. In addition, a conviction for fraud is an aggravated felony if the loss to the victim exceeds $10,000. If a non U.S. citizen is convicted of an aggravated felony, he will be deported from the United States.  You should contact an attorney with experience in both criminal defense and immigration law for further legal advice.

Attorney for Public Assistance Fraud

If you were arrested for Public Assistance Fraud in Miami, Florida, you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney that handles fraud cases.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can discuss your potential options in your case, including possible plea resolutions, possible defenses, motions issues, and the benefit/risk to going to trial. 

E.J. Hubbs is “Board Certified” in criminal trial law. The Florida Bar requires all board certified criminal trial lawyers to try a minimum of 25 jury trials to verdict, pass a board certification exam, and receive an endorsement from 4 attorneys and 2 judges.

Hubbs Law handles all types of fraud cases in Miami-Dade County, South Miami, North Miami, Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, Kendall, Homestead, and Doral, as well as other cities and areas in the Greater Miami Area.

Contact Hubbs Law at (305) 615-5945 to immediately speak with a qualified attorney and discuss the facts of your case. Hubbs Law offers free initial consultations. Call today to schedule your appointment. 


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Additional Resources

Division of Public Assistance Fraud-- The Division of Public Assistance Fraud (PAF) investigates all public assistance fraud allegations including fraud involving cash assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, disaster assistance, social security, and disability.

Florida Department of Children and Families — Provides information on public assistance in the state of Florida including  eligibility for benefits, how to apply, and how to report fraud.


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Penalties for Public Assistance Fraud

Public Assistance Fraud can be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the facts of the case.  The most common charge of Public Assistance Fraud under Florida Statute 414.39 requires the State of Florida to prove a person knowingly:

The severity of the penalty for violating this statute depends on the illegal amount of public assistance obtained by the person.


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Defenses to Public Assistance Fraud

If you were charged with Public Assistance Fraud in Miami, you should not assume your case will result in a conviction.  There are numerous legal defenses to Public Assistance Fraud including:


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Find a Public Assistance Fraud Attorney in Miami, FL

If you were charged with Public Assistance Fraud in Miami, FL you should contact Hubbs Law immediately. Fraud crimes carry severe penalties including incarceration, probation, and heavy fines.  You need aggressive legal representation. 

E.J. Hubbs defends clients charged with all types of fraud in Miami and throughout Miami-Dade County, including Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, Kendall, Homestead, North and South Miami, and anywhere else in the area.

At Hubbs Law, your first consultation is always free. Call us today to schedule your free consultation at (305) 615-5945 .


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