Fraud is a type of theft that involves the use of false claims or deception.The most common types of fraud are those that involve insurance, the internet, mortgages, real estate, worker’s compensation and embezzlement. Most fraud cases are considered white collar crimes because no one is put in danger of physical harm during the process.
While the penalties for fraud will vary depending on how the crime was committed and what the perpetrator acquired as a result, most fraud cases will involve felony charges. Anyone convicted of these charges is very likely to serve time in prison. If the fraud involved large amounts of money, the potential prison sentence will go up drastically. No matter what else the sentence entails, making restitution to the victim is mandatory.
The San Diego police department and District Attorney each have specialized units devoted exclusively to investigating and prosecuting fraud cases. These cases may also be tried in a Federal Court.
If you are convicted of fraud, you will not only face serious penalties, but also face long-term challenges when you seek employment after your release from prison because few people trust those with fraud convictions on their record.
An experienced attorney like Peter M. Liss may be able to help you avoid prosecution or a prison sentence by negotiating directly with the victim of the crime. If you are under investigation for fraud or have already been accused, it is critical you hire a skilled Vista white collar lawyer immediately. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a consultation.
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