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When Cash Aid and Food Stamps Become a Gateway to Prison and What You Can Do About This

By Evanne O'Donnell, Laurel Blankinship & Jodea Foster

Consulting with a criminal defense attorney early in and throughout the administration of a welfare fraud case can help the legal aid advocate's client assert rights to public assistance without jeopardizing rights in criminal court. Advocates should understand the nuances of their state's welfare fraud detection programs and how a civil case turns criminal.

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