Section 8 Fraud
Overseen by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Section 8 housing program gives private landlords government money to help cover rental and other costs for approved low-income tenants.
Landlords, those who live in Section 8 housing and those who work with Section 8 applicants, all risk being indicted for Section 8 fraud if they take part in any scheme to defraud the government of Section 8 funds. If you are charged, it will be critical to have an experienced defense attorney by your side.
What You Need To Know About Section 8 Fraud
Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937 was created in the last years of the Great Depression to give low-income people a place to live. Today more than three million people live in Section 8 housing.
It is against the law for landlords to violate Section 8 regulations — usually this means misrepresenting expenses for the space being rented out so the government overpays.
For example, a landlord who defrauds the Section 8 program by submitting fraudulent information about the utilities they provide so they can receive more government compensation then they are owed, can be indicted.
If you apply for Section 8 housing, it is illegal to provide false information on your application, such as misrepresenting your income. If you do so, you risk being charged with Section 8 fraud. If someone helps you perpetrate the fraud, they can also be charged and may face additional charges such as conspiracy.
Social workers who help families obtain Section 8 housing can also risk housing fraud charges if they overstep the input they give on applications and encourage applicants to provide fraudulent information.
If you are convicted of Section 8 fraud, the severity of your penalties will depend on how large-scale the fraud is and your prior criminal convictions.
How A Lawyer Will Help
When you are up against a fraud charge, you will be facing inflexible laws and a determined US prosecutor. You will need an attorney who can help you determine all of your options and achieve the best outcome for your circumstances.
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