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The BEST LAWYER ANYONE COULD ASK FOR!!! Todd changed our lives! He’s not JUST a lawyer representing us for a case. Todd and his office have become Family. When we entered his office in August of 2022, we entered with such anxiety, uncertainty, and so much stress. Honestly we were very lost. My husband and I felt alone. How could a lawyer who didn’t know us, know our family, know our background represents us, When this could change our lives for the next 5-7years that my husband was facing in Federal jail. By the time our free consultation was over with Todd, we left his office at ease. All our questions were answered and we had a sense of relief.

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NYC HRA Attorney

If you are under investigation by NYC HRA for SNAP fraud or Medicaid/Health Insurance fraud, you need to speak with the Joseph Potashnik and Associates PC, where we have some of the best know HRA Investigations defense lawyers in New York.

What Are HRA Investigations

NYC HRA’s Bureau of Fraud Investigations is an Human Resources Administration unit in charge of investigations and criminal prosecutions of all HRA related fraud including SNAP (of food stamps) fraud and Medicaid fraud.  HRA investigates all cases of fraud against public benefits programs which are administered through the HRA offices in New York City.

What Kinds of Fraud Cases Do NYC HRA Attorneys Defend

Our HRA lawyers have the most impressive track record of success defending Medicaid fraud and Food Stamps Fraud cases in NYC. Most HRA investigations  involve cases where benefits recipients did or didn’t do one of the following:

  • Didn’t disclose all sources of earned income (W-2, 1099s, cash)
  • Didn’t disclose all sources of unearned income (rental income, for example)
  • Didn’t disclose contributions from others
  • Didn’t disclose that child’s parent was either living with them or was supporting them
  • Provided fake employment letters to HRA
  • Run cash businesses and show very low income
  • Live outside of New York City

These are the most common situations that can trigger HRA fraud investigations. As of summer 2016, our NYC HRA lawyers have successfully handled over 800 HRA fraud cases with great results!

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
Nun yaNun ya
17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko BeautyTaïko Beauty
16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.

HRA Bureau of Fraud Investigations Interview Letters

Most people find out that they are under an HRA fraud investigation when they receive a letter from the HRA Bureau of Fraud Investigations asking them to come in for an interview. We always advise prospective clients to speak with an experienced HRA investigations  defense lawyer such as those you will find at Joseph Potashnik and Associates before you speak with the investigator. Please visit our YouTube Channel for our informational videos that explain in detail why you should never speak with HRA investigators.

The simple reason you should be very careful about speaking with them is that anything you tell them will be used against you. In most cases, when you receive the interview letter, the investigator already knows all of the information they  are officially asking you to share with them. They simply want  you to make self-incriminatory statements which then can be used against you if your case goes to court.Speaking with HRA investigators is like speaking with police – do not be misled by inexperienced lawyers who advise clients to  attend these interviews and submit documents – you will do so at your own risk. If you received a letter from the Human Resources Administration informing you that you are under a fraud investigation, call our HRA lawyers today.

What are the penalties for HRA Medicaid fraud and HRA Food Stamps fraud

Public benefits fraud cases in NYC can be resolved administratively, which means that no criminal charges will be brought, or they may result in civil collection action, where you will be sued by the HRA in civil courts, or the case can be referred to the local District Attorney’s Office and you will be prosecuted for Welfare Fraud which means that you will be arrested and charged with with multiple felonies. If that happens, the penalties and consequences can include having a permanent criminal record, facing probation or even jail, and paying   back restitution. If you are not a citizen, you could be deported if you have a criminal record. If you have a professional license, you can face a separate disciplinary action by a licensing board. If you are a teacher, taxi driver, nurse, or any other healthcare worker, or if you work in the financial industry (banks or insurance companies), you need to speak with our lawyers as soon as possible.

How Do I Choose The Best HRA Lawyer?

There are many lawyers in New York claiming to handle HRA investigation cases. It is very difficult to make a decision about which one  is the  service driven lawyer for you just by reading through websites. We recommend that as you are looking for the right attorney, you educate yourself on this topic by checking out our videos. We also recommend that you interview any lawyer in person before making the decision to hire one. We are always available to take your calls and discuss your case with you. If you ever need help with your HRA case, just call us today!

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