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What is the Definition of Social Security Fraud?
Social Security Fraud is defined as any form of manipulation, scheme, or scam involving Social Security benefits.
What are Some Examples of Social Security Fraud?
There are numerous crimes that could fall within the category of social security fraud. The most common form occurs when an individual lies to obtain Social Security fraud benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income.
Examples of SSI and SSD Fraud:
- Making False Statements
- Receiving Benefits after An Individual’s Death
- Working ‘Under the Table’ While Receiving Benefits
- Pretending to Be Incapacitated
Social Security fraud could also be committed through electronic means, such as phone or email scams to steal people’s social security numbers.
Social Security Association Employees could also commit fraud by using their knowledge of the organization to assist in criminal activities.
What Federal Laws are Applicable for Social Security Fraud?
Congress enhanced all forms of Social Security fraud (including SSN misuse) crimes to felony federal charges in 1981 under provision 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(1-8).
What are the Possible Penalties for Social Security Fraud?
A conviction for Social Security fraud is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.
What Defenses Could Be Utilized for Social Security Fraud?
There are numerous defense strategies that could be utilized to fight against allegations of Social Security fraud.
Defense Strategies May Include:
- Lack of Intent
- Mistaken Identity
- Insufficient Evidence
- Other Misunderstanding
Which defense tactic will be most effective will depend on several factors and the circumstances in your case. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will need to review your case to build a solid defense strategy.
Why Should I Contact Experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Gregg Gallian?
Social security fraud is a serious crime that carries harsh penalties with the potential to destroy your future. You will need a criminal defense lawyer who is experienced in handling serious cases in a federal courtroom.
Gregg Gallian is former federal prosecutor and has the knowledge and experience to fight for you against these serious allegations.