Welfare and other entitlement fraud; penalties. (SB24)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Welfare and other entitlement fraud; penalties.  Requires a 180-day mandatory minimum sentence for misdemeanor entitlement fraud, a one year mandatory minimum sentence for felony entitlement fraud, a repayment of three times the benefits received, and a lifetime bar on receipt of entitlement. The entitlements covered by the bill are housing assistance programs, medical assistance, food stamps, energy assistance, and any other program designated under regulations of the State Board of Social Services, State Board of Health, or Board of Medical Assistance Services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/28/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101015D
12/28/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2012Impact statement from VCSC (SB24)
01/19/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB24)
02/01/2012Committee substitute printed 12105015D-S1
02/01/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2012Rereferred to Finance
02/07/2012Continued to 2013 in Finance (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
11/30/2012Left in Finance


Gregg writes:

How about anyone convicted of welfare/entitlement fraud is banned for life from receiving benefits. Pass the law as I wrote it and watch all the takers leave Virginia for states that are easier to defraud. Once the state is rid of the welfare cases, lower taxes for working residents.

harry gayles writes:

My wife got too go to court for foodstamp fraud she neva been in trouble I wonder if she will get any jail time I hope not