What is Fraud?
Fraud is a crime that includes any act where one person intends to deceive another through false representation of some fact, and the other person experiences injury or damages as a result of the lie or concealment, after relying on the information presented.
Fraud includes securities fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, credit/debit card fraud, identity theft, bankruptcy fraud, telemarketing fraud and social security fraud. Any of the above mentioned fraud categories could also be charged as wire fraud and/or mail fraud in the federal criminal justice system.
Fraud offenses always include some sort of false statement, misrepresentation, or deceitful conduct. The main purpose of fraud is to gain something of value (usually money or property) by misleading or deceiving someone into thinking something which the fraud perpetrator knows to be false.
What are the consequences of a Fraud conviction?
The legal penalties for fraud can involve misdemeanor or felony charges, with possible fines and/or jail time. In addition, penalties may include civil damages for any losses caused by the fraud.
What are some defenses to a Fraud charge?
In its many forms, fraud is a crime. Common defenses to a charge of fraud include insufficient evidence, absence (or lack) of intent to commit the crime, or entrapment (where the government compels an innocent person to commit a crime).
Contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles
If you are accused of fraud, you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the legal system process.