Have You Been Accused of Social Security Fraud for Any of the Following Reasons?
- You allegedly made a Social Security Disability claim based on false or exaggerated medical evidence.
- You allegedly received Social Security Disability benefits although you engaged in activities that seemed to demonstrate that you were healthy enough to work.
- You allegedly forged a signature of your recently deceased husband, wife, mother or father in order to cash their Social Security checks.
- You, a physician, allegedly gave false and exaggerated evidence to back the claim of a patient who was applying for Social Security Disability benefits.
Whatever the particulars of your Social Security fraud or Medicare fraud case, you know that you need a well-respected fraud defense lawyer to watch out for your rights, your freedom and your future. Meet with an experienced attorney at the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco, PLLC, to discuss your options and learn how our law firm can help you pursue the best available outcome in your case.
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The Law Office of Mark J. Sacco, PLLC, is known as a criminal defense law firm where attorneys are meticulous, detail-oriented, experienced and knowledgeable. We assist clients in Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, the Capital Region and throughout New York State. We defend New Yorkers in all Federal District Courts (Northern District of New York, Western District of New York, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York).
Severe Criminal Penalties for Social Security Fraud in NYC
There are significant penalties associated with committing Social Security fraud in Manhattan, Brooklyn or any of the Five Boroughs of New York City.
Section 208 lists specific fraudulent acts that constitute violations of the law and is typically used for criminal prosecutions related to Social Security fraud. Section 208 prohibits intentional false statements or misrepresentations of material facts to the Social Security Administration on official application documents. A person who is convicted of violating Section 208 can be penalized with a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of as much as $25,000. Additionally, offenders are usually ordered to pay restitution for the amount of the fraud.
Beyond that, if the fraud was used to facilitate an act of terrorism or was used in connection with drug trafficking or a crime of violence, enhanced penalties of up to 25 years in prison may apply.
Even when NYC prosecutors decline to file criminal charges against a person who has committed Social Security fraud, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Social Security Administration can impose a civil monetary penalty if the person lied to or withheld material facts from the government when seeking Social Security benefits. For each instance of a lie or withholding of material information, the OIG can impose a fine of up to $5,000.
Additionally, the OIG can require the person who benefited fraudulently to repay up to double the amount of the benefits. According to the OIG, there were more than $4.6 million in penalties assessed during the first half of Fiscal Year 2012.
Contact a Fraud Defense Attorney in New York
Allow us to explain how we can help maximize your chances of a good result in your Social Security criminal case. If you have been charged with Social Security fraud or any type of white collar crime, and need to speak with an attorney, schedule a consultation at our Albany, New York, or Schenectady, New York, law office. Call us at 518-759-0129 or contact us online .