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What is the possible crimanal punishment for welfare fraud in Michigan, and what are the statute of limitations?

Bay City, MI |

About 13 years ago, the father of my two kids was living with us, but was a total drunk. If he worked, he wouldnt come home with his pay check until it was almost gone, I would have to wait for him to pass out so I could pick his pockets for whatever was left. In order to feed my small children and avoid homelessness, I reported that he moved out. This was only for a short while before he actually moved out. I have raised his kids alone for all these years and He is in arrears of $31,000 in back child support. We are going to court again soon, he wants to lower his child support, and is threatening to report me for what I did all those years ago. I have not been on welfare for many years, And have worked my butt off to keep us that way. Can I go to jail over this?

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Attorney answers 1


Many factors such as age, prosecutor discretion, what judge you have, whether witnesses are credible all matter and that makes it near impossible to say what type of time you'll do if this is prosecuted. It is simply possible the story your opponent comes up with about supposed welfare fraud will not be believed. There is a six year statute of limitations in Michigan for fraud.

Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details. I do not practice in Michigan.

Good luck to you.

God bless.

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