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Defrauding the Government in New York

As a government employee living in New York things can seem very unfair. Private sector counterparts are paid far more for similar work. It is hard to meet expenses and work in the same communities as people who are taking in private sector salaries. On the other hand, the work you do is often very important, unappreciated, and resented. Under circumstances like these it may seem attractive to divert some of the state’s resources your way. Besides, who would miss it right? The state wastes so much money, nobody would bat an eye if some of it went missing or was spent inappropriately, right?

If you or someone you love has been accused of defrauding the government call our experienced fraud lawyers today. We may be able to help get your charges reduced or dismissed. Call today for a free consultation.

Although this line of thinking may be seductive, defrauding the government can cost a government employee their reputation and career and it is punishable with prison time. Defrauding the government is a class E felony and has a maximum penalty of 4 years in prison.

Someone is guilty of defrauding the government when, they are a government employee or an official of a political party and they:

  1. create a scheme of committing fraud on the government that is ordered, planned, and repeating intending to:
    1. commit fraud on the state of New York, some smaller political organ of the state, a state government agency within the state, or to seek goods, work from state employees, or other money or property using misstatements of fact, misstated intentions, or faked commitments.
    2. commit fraud on the state of New York, some smaller political organ of the state, a state government agency within the state, or to seek goods, work from state employees for some personal enterprise concern or some other paid service that has nothing to do with the government. And
  2. defrauds from the government; goods, work from government employees, or other property valued at greater than one thousand dollars.

The following is an example of what may be considered defrauding the government. Officer Grimes was sick and tired of being a police officer. He was tired of being disrespected on his beat and tired of dealing with criminals all day long. He considered lying about being injured so that he could stay home and collect lifetime retirement disability benefits.

One day a suspect stabs him with a syringe and injects him with an unknown substance. On the way to the hospital officer Grimes says to himself “this is it, no more for me.” After officer Grimes recovers from the stabbing he goes back to his beat. While on foot patrol Grimes notices an especially deep hole in the sidewalk. He steps in it and pretends to sprain his ankle. He takes the day off. Thereafter Grimes malingers at the doctor’s office and attempts to stay out of work as long as possible for medical reasons. Eventually Grimes decides its time to “retire” and claims that his ankle is so terrible that he will never be able to work a police job again, and he needs lifetime disability retirement worth tens of thousands.

After Grimes lifetime disability papers are submitted the state begins to investigate. They stake out Grimes home and see him jogging, paddling pedal boats, and fishing from the dock of a long lake with no trouble. Accordingly, Grimes is arrested for defrauding the Government. He is facing 4 years in prison, has lost his job, and his reputation.

If you or someone you love has been accused of defrauding the government call our experienced fraud lawyers today. We may be able to help get your charges reduced or dismissed. Call today for a free consultation.

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