The criminal trial lawyers at Newmark Storms Law Office, LLC have extensive knowledge and success handling state and federal fraud cases, including insurance, mortgage, and lottery fraud to wire and banking fraud.
It is illegal to pass a check that knowingly will not be honored, is counterfeit, or in any other way will result in the check writer obtaining goods/services without paying for them. Check fraud can be charged as either a federal or state crime. It can also be charged as a simple theft crime.
The defense attorneys at Newmark Storms Law Office have almost 30 years combined experience handling fraud cases, such as welfare fraud. A welfare fraud conviction can results in prison time, fines, and restitution. It can be charged as a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or a felony, and sentences vary accordingly.
It is illegal to misrepresent oneself during the mortgage lending process. Residential mortgage fraud carries a sentence of up to two years in prison and restitution. However, if the victim affected by the mortgage fraud is considered a vulnerable victim (someone who is a minor, of reduced mental or physical capacity, etc.), the sentence may be increased.
It is illegal to falsely apply or receive insurance benefits. There is a statute of limitation on fraud cases is seven years, but that does not start until the insurance company or law enforcement become aware of the fraud. Sentences for guilty insurance fraud crimes vary based on the value of property, services, etc., and the economic loss by any person as a result of the violation. Restitution is often required in addition to 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
State Lottery Fraud
State lottery fraud is a felony and a very serious charge. It is illegal to alter or use a counterfeit state lottery ticket. The penalties for state lottery fraud are steep, including up to 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
The criminal trial lawyers at Newmark Storms work with clients to help resolve federal fraud cases, such as band fraud and wire fraud.
It is illegal to knowingly execute (or attempt to execute) a scheme to defraud a financial institution or obtain moneys, funds, property, assets, security, etc. through false pretenses. Bank fraud is a very serious crime. Those convicted face penalties of 30 years in prison and fines up to $1 million.
Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud is similar to check fraud and can also be charged as either a state or federal crime. It is illegal to fraudulently obtain, use, or forge a credit card. This can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense, and the penalties include incarceration, probation, fines, and restitution—depending on the severity of the damage caused.
Wire fraud is the scheme to deprive property through interstate phone or electronic communication method(s). It is fraud that uses the internet, phone, or fax machine, television, radio, or wire transfers. Some common wire fraud schemes include false advertising, credit card fraud, internet crimes, white collar crimes involving interstate communication lines, and telemarketing fraud. Wire fraud charges can vary but are generally felony level including hefty prison time, fines, and restitution.