Sec. 7. (a) A person who knowingly or intentionally:
(1) obtains public relief or assistance by means of impersonation, fictitious transfer, false or misleading oral or written statement, fradulent conveyance, or other fraudulent means;
(2) acquires, possesses, uses, transfers, sells, trades, issues, or disposes of:
(A) an authorization document to obtain public relief or assistance;
(B) public relief or assistance; except as authorized by law;
(3) uses, transfers, acquires, issues, or possesses a blank or incomplete authorization document to participate in public relief or assistance programs, except as authorized by law;
(4) counterfeits or alters an authorization document to receive public relief or assistance, or knowingly uses, transfers, acquires, or possesses a counterfeit or altered authorization document to receive public relief or assistance; or
(5) conceals information for the purpose of receiving public relief or assistance to which he is not entitled; commits welfare fraud, a Class A misdemeanor, except as provided in subsection (b).
(b) The offense is:
(1) a Class D felony if:
(A) the amount of public relief or assistance involved is more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) but less than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500); or
(B) the amount involved is not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) and the person has a prior conviction of welfare fraud under this section; and
(2) a Class C felony if the amount of public relief or assistance involved is two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) or more, regardless of whether the person has a prior conviction of welfare fraud under this section.
(c) Whenever a person is convicted of welfare fraud under this section, the clerk of the sentencing court shall certify to the appropriate state agency and the appropriate agency of the county of the defendant's residence:
(1) his conviction; and
(2) whether the defendant is placed on probation and restitution is ordered under IC 35-38-2.
As added by P.L.182-1984, SEC.5.