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Hi i was receiving food stamp benefits and started working but didnt report my earning for 6 months. I have a DCF investigator contacting me for an appt . should i go?

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Florida

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Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Criminal Law
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Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones, Esq., Lawyer replied 7 months ago
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Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones, Esq., Lawyer replied 7 months ago

The DCF investigator has most likely contacted you for a disqualification hearing.

This is where they seek to establish whether you have intended to commit fraud.

The investigator then has the option to stop benefits for a period of time, to seek repayment of the amount that was wrongfully overpaid to you, and/or to seek criminal charges.

The criminal charge would be fraud, and could be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the amount that was paid out.

Concerning the upcoming request for a meeting -- you can opt out of going, in any event (whether you do go or not) you may soon be served with paperwork asking you to set up a repayment plan for the amount that was paid out.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you should not admit guilt, whether at the meeting, over the phone, or in any forms you fill out, as this can be used against you to pursue criminal charges.

If you do decide to go to the meeting, or if you do receive a file of criminal charges, then you should hire a defense attorney right away to represent you.

I hope that helps!

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