Fraud

What is Fraud?

The legal definition of fraud is an intentional act of deception committed by someone with the intent to either damage another person or for personal gain. In Florida, many definitions concerning what fraud is can be found under statute 817.034, entitled the “Florida Communications Fraud Act.” The legislators wrote the Act due to a proliferation of schemes to defraud throughout the U.S. A scheme to defraud, as explained in the statute, involves, in part, a “systematic ongoing course of conduct with the intent to defraud one or more persons or with the intent to obtain property from one or more persons by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations or promises.” If you or someone you know is either under investigation for fraud or has been arrested, you must call the best Miami fraud lawyer you can. At the Law Offices of Mark Eiglarsh, we have extensive experience zealously defending fraud cases in both state and federal courts.

Various Fraud Crimes

In Florida, the most popular fraud crimes that we handle includes, but is not limited to:

  • Insurance Fraud
  • Falsely reporting a crime
  • Securing property or money under false pretenses
  • Making false statements at banks
  • Uttering a Forged Instrument
  • Forgery
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Organized Schemes to Defraud
  • Prescription Fraud
  • Staging Accidents

In Federal Court, the most popular fraud crimes we handle includes, but is not limited to:

  • Accounting Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Government Fraud
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Internet Theft and Fraud
  • Investment Fraud
  • Laboratory Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Medical Fraud
  • Medicare Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Organized Fraud
  • Prescription Fraud
  • Procurement Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Telecommunications Fraud
  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • Wire Fraud

Penalties

The penalties for fraud crimes can range from probation to decades in prison depending on the facts and circumstances. Most often, the penalties for fraud offenses have a great deal to do with the amount of money stolen or the amount attempted to be stolen. In federal court, they call that the “relevant conduct.” Whether the relevant conduct involves attempting to defraud the government out of twenty million dollars or ten thousand dollars, is critical to discern as that’s what determines the potential penalties. A person’s criminal history will also have a great deal to do with determining the penalty they are facing upon conviction. In certain federal fraud cases, someone may face a misdemeanor as opposed to a felony. A misdemeanor has a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail. Fines may also be assessed upon conviction. For example, if a person is convicted of wire fraud or mail fraud, they could face a maximum fine of $250,000. Probation in lieu of prison may also be a possible outcome depending on the circumstances. It is also possible that with the right Miami fraud lawyer fighting for you, you could avoid a conviction altogether.

Defenses

There are numerous defenses available in fraud cases. There’s no one defense that fits every case. A topnotch veteran fraud attorney in Miami like Mark Eiglarsh can meet with you for free and determine the best defense for you. Perhaps what law enforcement determined to be a criminal fraud matter is merely a civil dispute. Perhaps you, the accused, is the actual victim. Perhaps the amount the alleged victim claims was stolen from him/her is grossly exaggerated. Allow the Law Offices of Mark Eiglarsh to evaluate your case and inform you, based on our extensive experience, the best defense for your case.

Call Us Now

If you or someone you know is being investigated for fraud or has been arrested, call us now. At the Law Offices of Mark Eiglarsh, you’ll find the best fraud attorney in Miami. Mark Eiglarsh has helped countless fraud clients obtain extraordinary outcomes under challenging circumstances. The initial consultation is free. Call us any time, 24/7, (877) 674-0003. Allow us to assist you.