A Senate Panel has OK'ed a new bill (SB 7044) that would raise the penalties for public assistance fraud, also known as welfare fraud.
Under the bill, fraud in excess of $20,000 but less than $100,000 would become a second degree misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine!
Even worse, anyone accused of public assistance fraud in excess of $100,000 would be charged with a FIRST degree felony offense, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine!
Fraud under $20,000 would remain a third degree felony punishable by up to five (5) years in prison.
At Taracks & Associates, we know that often times good people make mistakes that result in excess payments of public assistance, or welfare funds. We know that our clients who have been charged with a crime of this nature are not hardened criminals who need to serve time, but rather hardworking parents who may have made an error on paperwork.
Our firm is opposed to these proposed changes and we vow to help fight for those charged with public assistance fraud in the future.
Our firm has represented thousands of people across the Tampa Bay area in both State and Federal Court. We know how to handle the charges you are facing and are proud to offer a free, confidential consultation to anyone charged with welfare fraud. Call us today to speak with an attorney who can help you understand the law and the penalties you are facing. Taracks & Associates - The Advocate For You.