Section 8 Fraud


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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.

United States Code

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If you are charged with a federal crime, the consequences can be devastating. Fienman Defense will fight tenaciously to protect your constitutional rights. We will guide you through a court system that can be complex and intimidating, and provide you with the strongest possible defense.