Boston Social Security Fraud Defense Attorney
The United States Attorney’s Office is cracking down on Social Security fraud. Sometimes the charges don’t come until years or even decades after the alleged conduct began. Your first indication that you are in trouble might be when investigators knock at your door to ask some questions, or when you receive a “target letter” from the U.S. Attorney’s office explaining that a grand jury is reviewing allegations against you. If you receive a target letter, an indictment is likely imminent, and you should contact an experienced federal criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and help you avoid pitfalls like inadvertently making admissions to investigators or in front of the grand jury.
Social Security Fraud Defense Attorney
I have experience successfully representing people charged with Social Security Fraud in state and federal courts. Social Security fraud charges are often accompanied by False Statements, Identity Theft, or Wire Fraud charges. Sometimes a spouse or child continues to collect Social Security payments on behalf of a family member. Another common allegation involves the concealment or underreporting of income, or pretending that a spouse no longer resides in the house.
Penalties of Social Security Fraud conviction
Social Security fraud is a felony, and is charged under 42 U.S. Code § 1383a. A conviction carries up to five years in federal prison, fines, and restitution. The actual punishment depends on a number of factors, including the amount of money at issue, your background, the facts of the case, and of course, your attorney.
Defending Against Social Security Fraud Charges
Every case is different. We work as a team with our clients, and it is always up to you to decide whether to fight the case at trial or to seek a plea agreement. If you elect to plead guilty, we do everything we can to minimize the consequences and argue against incarceration. If you choose to fight the charges, we work together to develop a compelling case against the government’s allegations. It is the government’s burden to prove the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt. You and your defense attorney can challenge every bit of their evidence in front of a 12-person jury that we help to select.
Social Security Fraud charges are complex. The consequences of a conviction can be devastating. Get the right attorney on your side. Call me today at (781) 797-0555 for a free phone consultation to get started.