In these difficult economic times, many people are finding themselves unemployed and having to receive unemployment compensation benefits. Those benefits, however, are very limited. Often, people may find part-time work, or work that pays case, and fail to report the income to the unemployment benefits office. Florida Statute 443.071 makes it a crime for any person who makes a false statement or representation, knowing it to be false, or knowingly fails to disclose a material fact to obtain or increase any benefits. Failing to report income while receiving benefits falls within the statute.
Unemployment fraud is charged as third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in state prison, five years of probation, fines and court costs, and repayment of benefits. In addition, any benefits will be cut off, and you may not ever qualify to receive benefits in the future.
Have you been charged with Unemployment Fraud in Tampa Bay? A criminal defense lawyer from The Lawler Firm can help.
Unemployment fraud cases can be defended in many ways depending on the particular circumstances of your case. In some cases, an intervention program may be available, or a defense attorney can negotiate an agreement for repayment of the money in exchange for dismissal of the charge. A Tampa Bay unemployment fraud defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
If you are facing unemployment fraud charges, call The Lawler Firm now for a free no obligation consultation. You will speak to your actual unemployment fraud criminal defense attorney, who will meet with you, even on evenings and weekends. Call Now (813) 431-4470!