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Fraud covers a broad scope, but at it’s core, fraud is theft of assets through misrepresentation instead of physical force to obtain financial benefit. The amount can range from a few dollars to millions of dollars, and while sometimes, money changes hands directly, such as claiming a greater amount on an insurance claim. Other times, it’s indirect, such as making false claims on tax returns.
Often, people are arrested on charges of fraud without ever knowing they’re under investigation, due to the speed and secrecy at which investigations take place. That’s why it’s so important to speak with a fraud attorney in Raleigh as soon as you first know you may be facing legal problems, whether that’s during an investigation, while being questioned, or if you’ve been arrested.
At Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh, our Raleigh criminal defense lawyers have over a half-century of combined experience and an excellent track record of success with regard to fraud charges. Call us today at (919) 887-8040.
Types of Fraud Charges
Someone is guilty of committing fraud when they have received money, property, or other assets or benefits due to deception or misrepresentation. While it’s generally considered a “white-collar crime,” anyone can commit, and be found guilty of fraud. This includes an individual instance of failing to disclose income to receive state benefits or a complex identity theft ring involving dozens of people. Regardless of the amount allegedly taken or the scope, the legal consequences are very serious, which is why our Raleigh fraud defense attorneys are committed to fighting on your behalf against all types of fraud charges, including:
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Bank fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Check fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Identity theft
- Mail fraud
- Wire fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Tax fraud
Federal Fraud Charges
In addition to fraud being a state crime, it’s also a federal crime. When crimes are committed over state lines or affect interstate commerce, the federal government can step in and investigate or try and individual. Federal investigators have near-limitless resources and are dedicated to getting convictions. At Sandman, Finn, & Fitzhugh, we are also federal criminal defense attorneys, able to represent our clients in the North Carolina Eastern District.
North Carolina Fraud Penalties
Fraud charges and penalties are based upon the amount the victims allegedly lost. Like other white-collar offenses and property crimes, fraud may be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the property or money involved. Depending on the details of the crime, potential penalties include incarceration, fines, restitution, and community service. So, do not take any fraud charges lightly. Instead, hire a Raleigh criminal defense lawyer from Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh, Attorneys at Law, to represent you.
Contact Our Raleigh Fraud Attorneys for a Free Consultation!
If you’re under investigation or have been charged with fraud, you experienced, aggressive representation. Do not hesitate to call us at (919) 887-8040 for a free consultation or fill out our contact form.