Welfare Fraud

Defending Against Allegations Of Welfare Fraud

Allegations of welfare fraud and other types of fraud that target access to government resources can result in serious criminal charges. A conviction for the crime of welfare fraud can mean the loss of your freedom and great damage to your future.

Even if you have reason to believe that you might be under investigation on charges of welfare fraud in or near the St. Louis area, we urge you to contact us at the law firm of Richard H. Sindel, Inc. Early legal representation may prevent prosecution altogether.

Free consultation: Complete our online contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation where you can learn how we defend welfare fraud charges and accusations.

What Is Welfare Fraud?

Welfare fraud is a crime that involves the intentional misuse of the welfare system for personal or financial gain. This may involve providing false information on a welfare application or providing inaccurate information regarding income, financial need, marital status or other life circumstances.

Examples of recent welfare fraud cases in the St. Louis area and elsewhere have included the following:

  • A woman was accused of accepting welfare without disclosing that she had “lent” her daughter a large sum of money before disclosing her assets and income.
  • A woman was charged with welfare fraud after failing to disclose that she was cohabiting with a man who contributed income to her livelihood.
  • A recipient was accused of applying for and accepting welfare benefits without disclosing income and assets that she and her then husband had used to purchase expensive vehicles.
  • Some people have received welfare benefits while assuming identities of deceased recipients.
  • Others have accepted welfare on the basis of household sizes that turned out to be falsified — for example, by claiming to be caring for children who were actually living elsewhere.

Whatever the allegations, your best opportunity for a successful outcome in a welfare fraud case is with prompt, intelligent defense by experienced attorneys.

Penalties For Welfare Fraud

If convicted of welfare fraud, you could be subjected to punishments such as:

  • Jail time
  • Fines and penalties
  • A criminal record
  • And more

If you are being accused or have been charged with a white collar crime such as welfare fraud, our lawyers at Richard H. Sindel, Inc., can evaluate your case and help you devise the most promising defense strategy.

We Can Help Fight The Accusations

We are prepared to vigorously challenge the prosecutor’s case against you. Our lawyers have significant experience with financial crime and fraud cases. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our St. Louis criminal defense lawyers, call 314-721-7113 .