Public fraud encompasses a variety of different fraudulent activities. In general, any attempt to obtain public assistance, goods, or services by means of fraudulent misrepresentation may qualify as public fraud. For example, fraudulently applying for or obtaining food stamps or other social or nutritional assistance may net you up $1,000 in fines, 3 years in prison, and restitution of the value of any money, property, food stamps, or other assistance fraudulently received. In addition, fraudulently attempting or receiving health care assistance services may be punished by up to 5 years in prison, $100,000 in fines, or both. Even using the services of a public defender through a false representation or misstatement of your income may be punishable by up to 1 year in prison, $1,000 in fines, or both.