Prison time and cash rewards: FL welfare bill offers a little of each | By William Patrick


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FRAUD BILL: A plan to crack down on public assistance fraud has taxpayers footing the bill for cash rewards, expanding the state government and the high costs of long-term incarceration.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida welfare fraudsters beware. A bipartisan legislative effort designed to clobber public assistance abuse may soon send welfare perps to prison for a long time.

Ripping off Medicaid, food stamps or taxpayer-funded cash assistance programs for more than$100,000 could mean 30 years in prison,  the sentencing equivalent of seriously hurting a law officer.

Wrongfully receiving or seeking public assistance in the amount of $20,000 could carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

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