If you are on welfare, any asset can disqualify you for public assistance. I have practiced Social Security and SSI disability law for 35 years in Virginia. If you applied for public benefits and concealed this asset, then you have a problem. It may be welfare fraud and you may want to contact a criminal attorney. Also, you may want to contact legal aid in your area. Transferrring the property may also be a fraudulent act. You should first get legal advice.
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Gerald is right. You could be in serious trouble and you really should not do anything until you talk to a lawyer. Except for maybe one thing. Stop talking about this on the internet. Discussing potential criminal charges or penalties at online forums can be risky. If your concern is about potential criminal issues, then you should not talk about it on the internet at all. Instead you should talk to a criminal law lawyer near you, right away. Many investigators now check social media and Q&A websites when they are investigating a possible defendant, looking for questions that may indicate possible guilt or damaging admissions that can be gleaned from questions posted online. I do not know what your circumstance is or if you are inquiring only generally or perhaps for another person who was wondering. Regardless, you should talk to a local criminal law attorney near you right away. Reading this free online Avvo Legal Guide may help you understand general concepts of Fraud, What is Fraud, http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/what-is-fraud-1, but it is no substitute for sitting down with an attorney and going over your situation carefully. You need to talk to a local Criminal Law attorney who deals with this kind of case. Call your local attorney's Bar Association and ask for a referral to a Criminal Law attorney near you. If you can not afford an attorney then you should tell them and ask for a public defender (it may be called something else in your particular state). If this answer was helpful, please give a “Vote Up” review below. And please be sure to indicate the best answer to your question so we can all be sure we are being helpful. Thanks for the question and good luck. Ron Burdge, www.BurdgeLaw.com
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Excellent insights and suggestions from two OUTSTANDING attorneys, I hope you heed their wise words.
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