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SKA Law is a premier, Philadelphia criminal defense law firm, founded by professional criminal attorneys. We take on cases other law firms turn down, because we know how to fight – and when to negotiate. Our goal is to get you the best outcome possible. No fluff. No nonsense. Our focus is results.

Philadelphia Disability Fraud Lawyers

There are about 60 million people in the U.S. that receive some type of social security, including about 13 million who receive disability payments from the Social Security Administration. With this many people getting benefits, it is inevitable that fraud will happen at some point. It isn’t common, but it is a serious crime that comes with strong penalties and should be avoided at all costs. Getting statistics on fraud is difficult because although the SSA is serious about finding and prosecuting fraudulent claims, everything is lumped into a category known as “Improper Payments”, which could result from fraud, misinformation, or a number of other things.

What is Disability Fraud?

Anyone who obtains or attempts to obtain SSA benefits that they are not entitled to is committing disability fraud. This is a very broad umbrella, and there are many different ways that disability fraud can actually be committed. To be charged with this crime, it must be proven that someone has:

-Provided false financial, medical, or personal information or documents to Social Security
-Obtained benefits by using someone else’s personal information or social security number
-Concealed information that could assist in determining eligibility
-Mishandled benefits or information as a representative of another individual

The misuse of the disability system costs taxpayers millions of dollars every single year and the government takes these charges very seriously. Anyone charged with disability fraud could face fines of up to $250,000 along with a prison sentence of up to five years. There are additional penalties for those in a position of trust, such as an employee of the SSA or the representative of an incapacitated person. Additionally, the severity of the punishment will depend on the type of fraud and how much money was involved. The best thing that you can do if you are facing disability fraud charges is to contact an experienced attorney right away. We can help you explore your defense options to get the best outcome.

Examples of SSD Fraud

With so many elements involved in determining what counts as fraud for the social security disability system, it can be hard to understand what actually qualifies. The general guidelines above help prosecutors file charges and pursue cases. Here are some more specific examples of how you could be charged with fraud.

-Lying on a benefits application
-Concealing information
-Misusing someone else’s benefits
-Buying and selling social security numbers and/or cards
-Illegal activity by SSA employees
-Impersonating or bribing an SSA agent or employee
-Working under the table while receiving disability payments
-Not reporting workers’ compensation benefits
-Falsifying medical or insurance records
-Not notifying SSA of changes to your income or medical condition

The Social Security Administration is always seeking tips from the public to help reduce disability fraud, so it is never safe to assume you can get away with it. Fraud charges aren’t easy to fight due to the strict laws and determination of the federal prosecution team. You need an experienced disability fraud lawyer who can help you navigate the laws and understand what you are up against.

Federal Charges are Serious

Being charged with any crime is a big deal, but federal fraud charges are very serious. With huge fines and the potential for up to 5 years in a federal prison, you need a strong defense. These charges should not be taken lightly, and you should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to see what your options are. We know the laws and have years of experiencing helping people get the outcome they deserve from their fraud case. If you have been charged with disability fraud, contact our team of Philadelphia disability fraud lawyers today.

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We Protect Your Freedom And Your Future.

At the law offices of Amato T Sanita, Esq, this is more than just a slogan – it’s our philosophy, and belief. Our goal is to protect your freedom, and to ensure your future is protected. By working with our firm, you get legal representation when you need it the most for your criminal case in Philadelphia. We understand that dealing with the criminal system is overwhelming – the consequences cannot be underestimated. Regardless of whether it’s a small misdemeanor, or a severe federal crime, you need to understand the legal process – how it impacts you – and a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney, who will work for you. Our Philadelphia criminal lawyers treat each case as it’s own unique situation, and work hard to uncover evidence that will get you the best possible outcome. Founding partner Amato Sanita, understands that you’re very concerned about possible sentences, and issues in the future you might face. There are many aspects to a criminal defense case. Our goal is to show the court you didn’t commit the crime and/or don’t deserve the maximum sentence for the crime you’re accused of committing. Regardless of whether it’s a drug offense, assault charge, or bank fraud, our Philadelphia criminal lawyers work tirelessly to represent your interests in court.

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Our firm has over 25 years of combined legal practice – handling some of the toughest cases in the country.

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Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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Harassment

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Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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False Imprisonment

15 YEARS IN PRISON

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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