Orlando Welfare Fraud Defense Attorney

Experienced Defense Against Welfare Fraud Charges in Orlando and Throughout Florida

Defense Against Welfare Fraud Charges in Orlando and Central FloridaOur Orlando Welfare Fraud lawyers understand that in today’s economy, families often struggle to find the means to make ends meet. The government, investigators, andagency lawyers have been cracking down on Central Florida Welfare Fraud recently.

There are several types of Welfare Fraud and different factors that must proven by the government to convict an individual of Welfare Fraud. All of these factors must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt by the state.

Types of Welfare Fraud And Factors That Must Be Proven

The State can allege Welfare Fraud or Public Assistance Fraud in the following ways:

  • Food Stamp Fraud
  • In a food stamp fraud case the prosecuting lawyers must prove that the accused person knowingly:
    • used, transferred, acquired, trafficked, altered, forged or possessed, or
    • attempted to use traffic or possess, or
    • helped another individual to use, possess, or alter a food stamp or a food stamp identification card, when they were not allowed to do so.

  • Medicaid Fraud or Fraud in Medical Services
  • The Attorneys for the State must prove that the defendant knowingly:
    • used, transferred, acquired, trafficked, altered, forged or possessed or
    • attempted to use traffic or possess ,or
    • helped another person to use, transfer, acquire, traffic, alter, forge, or possess a certificate of eligibility for medical services or a Medicaid identification card when they were not allowed to do so.

The following are additional ways that the government can charge someone with Welfare or Public Assistance Fraud:

Failure to disclose a material fact - the state must prove:

  1. That the defendant had an actual knowledge and understanding of the facts and the truth and failed to provide them honestly.
  2. That fact was used to determine ability to receive aid or benefits from the state or government.
  3. That the aid or benefits came from a state or government funded assistance program.

Aiding or Abetting - the state must prove:

  1. That the defendant, with knowledge and understanding of the truth and facts, helped another person fail to disclose (a) a change in circumstances that would prevent them from obtaining state or government aid or (b) a false fact that was used to determine ability to receive aid or benefits from the state or government.
  2. That the person helped was receiving benefits they were not entitled to.
  3. That the aid or benefits came from a state or federally funded assistance program.

Change in Circumstances - the state must prove:

  1. That the defendant knowingly and intentionally failed to disclose a change in circumstances to obtain or continue to receive aid or benefits, which he/she was not, entitled to.
  2. That the aid or benefits came from a state or federally funded assistance program.

Welfare Fraud charges are significant and may be charged as felony offenses. Many times State or Federal agencies attempt to get the Welfare recipients accused of these crimes to make statements to explain the circumstances of the accusations. It is very important that you or your loved one consults with an experience Welfare Fraud Attorney prior to any meetings, conferences, or statements so that your rights are preserved.

Contact our Experienced Orlando Welfare Fraud Defense Attorneys

If you have been charged with any type of welfare fraud including food stamp fraud and medicaid fraud in Orlando, Central Florida or in any other place within the state of Florida contact the Central Florida Welfare Fraud Defense Attorneys from LaBar Adams as soon as possible. Criminal defense lawyer N. Ryan LaBar is a veteran of thousands of criminal cases, including many involving welfare fraud investigations. Please contact us today. Our early intervention can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. Our criminal defense law firm, located in Orlando, is here to help you get back on track personally and financially through sound legal counsel and smart, measured action based on many years of experience. We are available to speak with you immediately and never charge a fee for a consultation. Please call us at 1-866-680-4LAW or fill out our online form located at the top of the page and one of our highly experienced defense lawyers will contact you shortly. We respect your privacy and will keep all your information confidential.

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