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People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

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.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

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Meet Todd Spodek

WE PROVIDE WHITE GLOVE SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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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.

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We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

SNAP Violation Charge Letters

In 2013, the USDA uncovered a disturbing trend: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) fraud, also known as “food stamp fraud,” had reached a 20-year high. Determined to combat this issue, the Department stepped up their efforts by increasing undercover investigations and utilizing the ALERT system more frequently. As a result, stores that were caught committing fraud were met with a “zero tolerance” policy and faced permanent disqualification.

Congress supported the USDA’s approach, and even passed laws mandating a crackdown on SNAP violations. However, many store owners found themselves caught in the crosshairs, despite not being involved in any alleged violations. Unfortunately, the USDA’s regulations often don’t take into account the actions of the owner, leading to innocent store owners being disqualified due to misunderstandings or rogue employees.

Retailers receive SNAP violation letters through overnight mail, detailing the alleged violation and disqualification the USDA is seeking to pursue. These charges include trafficking in SNAP benefits, indirect trafficking, sale of ineligible items, and reciprocal trafficking. Each of these charges come with their own set of consequences, ranging from Civil Money Penalties to permanent disqualification.

Trafficking in SNAP benefits, for example, is defined as the exchange of SNAP benefits for cash, drugs, or weapons. This type of violation can result in permanent disqualification, and it’s important to note that the sale of ineligible items does not fall under this category. Indirect trafficking, a new violation defined by the USDA in 2021, occurs when a SNAP household sells their groceries to a retailer for use in the retailer’s inventory.

Sale of ineligible items, on the other hand, involves stores accepting SNAP benefits for items such as plastic cups, spoons, forks, baggies, and soap. More serious cases can result in disqualifications lasting anywhere from six months to five years. Retailers should be aware that the most common result of trafficking cases is permanent disqualification.

In short, the USDA is taking a hardline approach to combatting SNAP fraud and store owners should be aware of the consequences that come with violating the rules. With the stakes so high, it’s crucial for store owners to understand the regulations and take steps to prevent violations from occurring.

The federal government has agents who are charged with investigating potential violations of SNAP laws. They may appear in your shop as ordinary participants in the program. However, they are there to find out if you are violation of laws governing food stamp use. An undercover agent can spot all sorts of violations. Any such violations will be listed in the charge letter. Keep in mind the charge letter is a serious document. The first part of the list is a cover letter that states you are under formal investigation by the authorities either for misusing food stamps personally or allowing violations to take place on the grounds of your store. It is an indication that you are under investigation. All charges will be listed in great detail.

Responding to Charges
Any kind of SNAP violation comes with penalties. These penalties may include fines as well as temporary disqualification from accepting any form of SNAP payments. A retailer may not be allowed to accept payments for a month or more. The more serious violations mean the retailer cannot agree to accept payments for years. This can be a serious disadvantage for many reasons. For example, many people rely on this form of help to provide up to half or more of their weekly food budget. If you can’t accept the payments, the recipient will head to another place that can do so. Fighting charges of this kind should be done quickly. A retail store owner has only ten days to respond to the terms listed in the letter. The letter is an indication that officials in the federal government intend to research your participation in the program and throw you out of it. That is why you’re going to need someone at your side who gets it. You’ll need someone who knows how to respond to such charges and make them go away. Good legal counsel is essential.

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I was searching for a law firm with some power to help me deal with a warrant in New York . After 6 days I decided to go with Spodek Law Group. It helped that This law firm is well respected by not only the top law firms in New York , but the DA , Judge as well. I...

~Fonder Brandon

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It was my good fortune to retain Spodek Law Group for representation for my legal needs. From the beginning, communication was prompt and thorough. Todd, Kenneth and Alex were the first people I worked with and they all made me feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything was explained and any concerns...

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After meeting with several law firms, I chose the Spodek Law Group not only for their professionalism and experience, but for the personal attention given to me right from the initial consultation. It is important to recognize how crucial having the right legal team is when faced with potentially life altering events that impact families and the lives of loved...

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