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In the state of New York, the cases of food stamp fraud is on the rise. In the Bronx, the cost of living is steadily on the rise, many people attempting to feed their families have committed fraud in exchange for services that are illegal under the state of New York laws. If you have been charged with food stamp fraud, you should contact an attorney as quickly as you can. It is imperative that you get out in front of this issue for obvious reasons. A food stamp fraud conviction could potentially ruin your life. You could face fines, suspension from the program, jail time and a ruined reputation.

Food stamps, or the SNAP program as it is referred to now, helps provide food for needy families. Unfortunately, there are some individuals who use exchange food stamps on their EBT card for cash, cigarettes, beer and other items. This is forbidden. Under the 7 U.S.C. 2024 any person on the SNAP program who defrauds in amounts under $100 can be charged with a misdemeanor. If you defraud over the amount of $100, you can get charged with a felony. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrition Services has many ways to catch fraud. Several are not even know by the public.

If you receive a letter in the mail stating that you are under investigation, the time to do something about it is now. These charges are serious. It is important that you have a strong defense when you go to court. Only a seasoned food stamp fraud attorney can help you with your case. The government is not there to help you. If you go to a hearing without benefit of a lawyer, you will soon find yourself in hot water by your own doing. A person unfamiliar with court proceedings can easily say or admit to things they should not. And it will be used against you. Let a professional do the talking for you.

While the instances of food stamp fraud are relatively low, the government will still come down on you if you are suspected of fraud. About 45 million people across the U.S. receive SNAP benefits. The rate of fraud is only about 1 percent. However, there are individuals who regularly attempt to scam the system. Other ways to commit food stamp fraud include lying about your income, lying about your household size to get extra benefits, lying about the cost of shelter, utilities and other expenses in the home, lying about resources like vehicles and bank accounts and lying about custody.

If you receive food stamps under the SNAP program, you are required to contact your social worker if your circumstances change. This can mean a better job with more income, paying lower rent and the coming and going of individuals in your home. There are times when people fail to report. Now this could be an innocent mistake. They do happen. Let a seasoned attorney present your case to prove intent or lack thereof.

Businesses can also commit food stamp fraud. They do so by selling items like beer, cigarettes and non-food items. This can also result in expulsion from the SNAP program, hefty fines and even jail time. The government also has databases that trigger potential fraud. If you are a business owner, a paper trail can lead to the fraud. The government will even use your own video surveillance against you.

This is the reason why you should always seek out the advice of an attorney if you are charged with food stamp fraud. Let a professional lay out your case for you.

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