Criminal charges for Welfare Fraud may be filed against a person who provides false or incomplete information, including multiple applications or claiming a false identity, in order to obtain welfare, food stamps or Medi-Cal benefits to without legitimate entitlement, and if the value of the fraud is in excess of $950.
What does the prosecutor have to prove?
1. Defendant knowingly made more than one application for aid under the provisions of this division.
2. Defendant provided false information with the intent to deceive.
3. Defendant had intent of establishing multiple entitlements for any person for the same period or
4. Defendant made an application for aid for a fictitious or nonexistent person or
5. Defendant claimed a false identity.
With probation 0-364 days
Misdemeanor: 0-364 days