Welfare Fraud has penalties

PENALTIES FOR CASH AID FRAUD: If on purpose you do not follow Cash Aid rules, your Cash Aid can be lowered for a period of time and you may be fined up to $10,000 and/or sent to jail or prison for up to 3 years.

—————–For not reporting all facts or for giving wrong facts: 6 months for the first offense, 12 months for the second offense, or forever for the third.•

For submitting one or more application to get aid on more than one case for the same time period: 2 years for the first conviction, 4 years for the second, and forever for the third.•

————     For conviction of felony fraud to get aid: 2 years for theft of amounts under $2,000; 5 years for amounts of $2,000 through $4,999.99; and forever for amounts of $5,000 or more. Forever: for giving the county false proof of residency in order to get aid in two or more counties or states at the same time; giving the county wrong facts for an ineligible child or a child that does not exist; getting more than $10,000 in cash benefits through fraud; getting a third conviction for fraud in a court of law or an administrative hearing.

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