2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 56. Poor Persons
§56-185. Fraud in obtaining assistance - Penalties - Signage.

56 OK Stat § 56-185 (2014) What's This?

A. Any person who:

1. Obtains or attempts to obtain, or aids, abets or assists any person to obtain, by means of a false statement or representation, by false impersonation, by a fictitious transfer, conveyance or encumbrance of property or income, by a knowing and willful failure to report to the Department of Human Services income, personal property, real property, household members, or other material eligibility factors at the time of application or during the receipt of assistance, or by other fraudulent device, assistance to which an applicant is not entitled or assistance greater than that to which an applicant is justly entitled; or

2. By sale, barter, purchase, theft, acquisition, possession or use of any electronic benefits or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or other program of the Department, knowingly obtains, aids, abets or assists any person to obtain or attempt to obtain assistance to which a person is not entitled,

shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, if the aggregate amount of assistance received as a result thereof is Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or less. Upon conviction thereof, such person shall be fined not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or be imprisoned for not more than three (3) months or be both so fined and imprisoned in the discretion of the court; provided, however, if the aggregate amount of assistance received as a result thereof is in excess of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), such person shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) or be imprisoned in the State Penitentiary for a term of not more than two (2) years, or be subject to both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.

B. Every county Department of Human Services office in this state shall conspicuously post a sign in an area clearly visible to all visitors of the county office which shall provide information about how to report individuals who have obtained public assistance through fraudulent means or who have used public assistance in a manner not consistent with its intended use. The sign shall make reference to the Department of Human Services fraud hotline and provide the current phone number for the hotline. The sign shall also contain notification that all reports to the hotline may be filed anonymously by persons suspecting fraudulent activity.

C. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the identity of any person making a report on another individual who may have obtained public assistance through fraudulent means, or an individual using public assistance in a manner not consistent with its intended use, shall not be revealed without the permission of the person making the report.

Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, § 26, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1973, c. 60, § 1, emerg. eff. April 27, 1973; Laws 1985, c. 58, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1997, c. 133, § 499, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, c. 17, § 2, emerg. eff. April 5, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, § 364, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2013, c. 67, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.

NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 499 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.

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