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It could be. I apologize that we cannot give a better answer.
However, to give you some framework about what such a crime involves: To prove one committed such fraud, the prosecution must prove that a person made a “willful, false representation, knowing concealment, or false identification to obtain, increase, reduce or defect any benefit under the state and federal programs.” Deflecting a benefit refers to having a legitimate benefit redirected to a recipient who is not otherwise entitled to receive such money.
We would need to see the application your ex signed and which resulted in his receiving welfare benefits. That application may contain false statements that would support such a charge.
As to whether the $16,000 was reported in his application, but still resulted in his receipt of benefits - that is a big question. We'd have to see his application first to really respond to your question.
He may be under-reporting his assets which is a crime if he is accepting cash aid. You should encourage him to properly report--you should think a couple steps ahead before reporting your kids' father for a crime.
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