Rep. Darren Soto Under Fire For Allegedly Telling Maria Evacuees To Lie

A Central Florida congressman is under fire for his alleged advice to Puerto Rican Hurricane Maria evacuees.  

In a video posted online, Democrat Darren Soto is apparently heard suggesting that evacuees say they are staying in Florida, whether they plan to or not, so they can get medical benefits.  

If Puerto Rican evacuees do not check the box saying that they are staying in Florida, they will be automatically denied for Medicare or Medicaid benefits. 

The congressman is talking about one of a number of federal forms for obtaining Medicare or Medicaid, on which lying is likely criminal. 

Soto issued a statement saying his intent "was to encourage them to err on the side of caution and declare their intent to stay if they are in doubt about their future plans."

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