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1. Can you please state your specific legal question so we know what type of answer you are looking for?
Here is the pertinent law that applies:
3610.1000 ACCESS INTEGRITY (FS) ACCESS Integrity (AI) is an extension of the Department's public assistance eligibility process and operates within the purview of 7 CFR 273, 45 CFR 233, and Sections 414.095(16) and 414.39(10), Florida Statutes. It is a program designed to combat fraud and reduce misspent dollars in the Department's public assistance programs. Probable error prone cases are identified at the pre-eligibility (application/reapplication, certification/recertification) phase of the public assistance program. Once a case is identified as meeting error prone criteria, it is referred to the AI unit within the Region or Circuit where the public assistance unit resides. The AI unit then reviews the information provided by the individual or the authorized representative and verifies and documents the finding of fact as it relates to the information provided by the individual and the eligibility factors used to determine the individual's level of participation. Once verification and documentation is completed, the recipient is given an opportunity to explain contradictory information and an eligibility determination is made.
If you don't call the investigator, then your claim for public assistance will most likely be denied.
No, just write them back and state that he is out of the country and you are not able to provide that information at this time. That should end the matter.
No, I would just explain as much of this as you want to and let them deny the claim as a consequence if you are afraid that there is a forgery issue here. In other words, it is easiest for them to deny the claim. It is more expensive to try to prosecute you. This how things in the government usually work; but there are always exceptions. So, a low-key approach is best.