Fraud is defined as the taking of the property of another by some kind of scheme, trick or false pretense. Property can include intangible items such as credit card numbers, lease agreements, and personal identification information. Individuals accused of fraud must have intentionally taken the property at issue. Fraud charges generally depend on the value of the item taken and the manner in which it was taken. Fraud can include Grand Theft, Identity Theft and Forgery charges.
Fraud can also include charges of conspiracy, which is a willful agreement between two or more people to achieve an illegal goal and commit an overt act in furtherance of achieving that goal.
The punishments for a conviction of fraud vary drastically depending on the facts of each case and allegations, but can include prison sentences and substantial fines. Also fraud is considered a crime of untruthfulness, and a conviction for fraud may have significant impact on current and future employment.
If you, a family member or friend has been charged with fraud, early representation is the key to a successful defense. At the Law Offices of Benjamin Zicherman, I have the experience, resources and sophistication to defend your rights. Contact me immediately for your free consultation.