The individual must be honest with the social services agencies. If not it is welfare fraud.
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The issue is concealment. A fraud charge can follow making a false statement to obtain something of value. There are ways money can come to you and not be income. Money that you have, however it came to you, may influence your eligibility, and so concealing that money to obtain welfare would then be wefare fraud. Besides, if someone has $20,000, why would they need welfare?
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