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39-720. Penalty relating to fraudulent acts; civil actions, evidence. Any person who obtains or attempts to obtain, or aids or abets any other person to obtain, by means of a willfully false statement or representation, or by impersonation, collusion, or other fraudulent device, assistance to which the applicant or client is not entitled, shall be guilty of the crime of theft, as defined in section K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 21-5801, and amendments thereto. Such person shall be required to remit to the secretary the amount of any assistance given such person under such fraudulent act. In any civil action for the recovery of assistance on the grounds the assistance was fraudulently obtained, proof that the recipient of the assistance possesses or did possess resources which does or would have rendered such person ineligible to receive such assistance shall be deemed prima facie evidence that such assistance was fraudulently obtained.

History: L. 1937, ch. 327, § 18; L. 1951, ch. 288, § 5; L. 1972, ch. 170, § 1; L. 1973, ch. 186, § 14; L. 2011, ch. 30, § 173; July 1.


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