My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a NYS criminal
In New York your wife could be charged with Welfare fraud, and exactly how serious the matter can be will depend upon the amount of money she improperly received as a result of having failed to report her income and family size accurately.
There are 5 degrees of welfare fraud that could be charged. If the overpayment she received was not particularly significant, she may only be facing a misdemeanor
. If the overpayment was substantial, this could be an E, D, C or B felony charge.
Typically, if she is charged, the DA will generally offer her a disposition that rarely involves jail time. It may involve misdemeanor or felony probation and absolutely will involve restitution. That is, she will be expected to pay back every cent of what she was not entitled to get.
She also could fight the charges if she had a viable defense to the charges, and would be eligible, if arrested, for a public defender.
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