In New York City, The Sanders Firm, P.C. defends those who have been accused of offenses involving property, including welfare fraud. Welfare fraud, which is under Article 158 New York Penal Law, involves someone obtaining welfare benefits in an unlawful manner. Welfare fraud in the fifth degree is a class A misdemeanor. Welfare fraud includes the basic act of committing fraud, criminal use of a public benefit card, and illegal possession of public benefit cards.