Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.
Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.
Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.
Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.
Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.
Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.
We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.
The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.
Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.
In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.
Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group
The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.
We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.
If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.
Last Updated on: 27th July 2023, 06:38 pm
Eating Through the Legalities of Food Stamps and Decoding Fraud
Food stamps, or SNAP benefits as they are officially known, are a form of aid posed on the number of people in a household and their income. However, there’s no guarantee these benefits will be handed out like free candy, especially if particular thresholds aren’t met. If, for instance, there are no kiddos around, the benefits might be a meager amount or none at all.
The money to fund food stamps comes from taxes paid by working individuals – hence, it’s a benefit. However, some folks don’t quite appreciate that reality and are tempted into committing food stamp fraud.
Playing fast and loose with food stamp benefits can manifest in multiple ways. The most common tactic? People trading their food stamps for cold, hard cash. Uncle Sam calls it “trafficking,” and it’s a no-go in pretty much all states. Another route to fraud is lying one’s behind off on the application to get more benefits than deserved or score some when not eligible at all.
Applicants can get ‘creative,’ lying about the number of occupants in the house or the income they rake in. Usually, proof of income must be shared when applying, but when people get paid under the table, truth-telling tends to take a vacation. Lower reported income equals larger benefits, tempting some folks to claim they aren’t quite minting it. Businesses previously convicted of fraud sometimes also lie on applications to accept food stamps again.
But here’s the good news – thanks to stricter oversight and penalties, trafficking incidences have taken a downward turn recently. Even the USDA hints at improvements in the agency overseeing businesses, with attempts at curbing food stamp exchanges or their acceptance by ineligible businesses. Although explicit warnings on application forms talk of the risks of fraud, some people still indulge in it. However, continuous efforts from both whistle-blowers and government agencies appear to be curbing these fraudulent actions.
A recurrent practice amongst food stamp recipients is swapping card benefits for money to splurge on alcohol, cigarettes, apparel, household items, etc. However, the rulebook says only the cardholder can use the benefits to cater to family needs.
Sometimes, people strike deals where the cardholder buys someone groceries, and they return the favor by purchasing non-eligible items for the cardholder. Other common lies include declaring more household members or claiming zero employment. But when inconsistencies between reported income and bank or tax statements pop up, it can lead to disqualification from the program or even criminal charges.
The price for committing food stamp fraud can vary from felonies to misdemeanors, depending on the fraud’s duration and the amount involved. Usually, the magic number differentiating between the two is $2,500.
A felony conviction for food stamp fraud often involves a jail term of at least a year, fines, and restitution – reimbursing the amount wrongly received. Such a conviction usually nips any future chances of getting food stamp benefits in the bud.
A misdemeanor charge, on the other hand, might lead to probation, fines, and restitution, with the possibility of some jail time. The guilty party is typically barred from future benefits in most states.
Renowned law firms like Spodek Law Group can scrutinize the evidence to distinguish between intentional fraud and plain oversight. For instance, their legal whizzes might argue that the defendant innocently forgot to include new income details or was compelled to lie or traffic benefits under duress.
Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.