Could You Be Criminally Charged With Benefit Fraud?

Posted on: 14 May 2015

Whether you're receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) income, unemployment insurance, food stamps, or another type of state- or federally-paid benefit, you're likely required to periodically submit financial statements or other documents confirming your eligibility to receive these benefits.  What is benefit fraud? Benefit fraud is a catch-all term used to refer to the purposeful and intentional defrauding of the government by individuals receiving benefits to which they are not entitled. Most benefit fraud involves either underreporting assets or understating income in order to falsely qualify for certain healthcare benefits (like Medicaid or an Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidy) or other government payments, like SSD, food stamps, or temporary cash assistance.
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