Miami Fraud Defense Lawyers
Florida Fraud Laws & Penalties
Fraud occurs when someone intentionally deceives an individual or entity for their own gain or to cause a loss. The conduct may involve withholding information or falsely representing facts. It can occur in several settings, such as the financial market, real estate, or insurance industries, and consists of various types of conduct. Regardless of how or where the alleged fraud takes place, these crimes are harshly prosecuted, and a conviction carries severe penalties. That is why, if you've been accused, you need to secure aggressive legal representation from the start of your case. Having an attorney on your side from the outset can help as you build a defense to challenge the allegations.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Miami fraud crimes lawyers have over 40 years of combined experience and have served as former prosecutors. Not only do we know the laws concerning your rights, but we also know how the State approaches these types of matters. We can provide invaluable insight and a vigorous defense, working the entire time toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.
We Go the Extra Mile in Fraud Cases
Fraud cases are often very complicated, as they involve intentional deceit in various types of transactions. Typically, when prosecuting such matters, the government must prove that the defendant knowingly provided misleading information with the intent to deceive someone else, causing damages as a result.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Miami fraud defense lawyers have effectively handled numerous types of fraud cases and understand their complexity. That is why, when you turn to us, we will take the time to get to learn about your specific situation and build a solid defense strategy. We will review every document, report, record, and piece of evidence the prosecutor has to identify weaknesses in their case and strengthen your arguments. We are ready to take on even the toughest opponents and matters.
Common Types of Fraud Cases We Handle
Our Miami fraud crimes attorneys can represent you in state and federal matters including but not limited to those involving:
- Accounting fraud: A person may be accused of this offense if they tamper with financial records to hide the fact that they are taking money from a company.
- Bank fraud: Defrauding a bank, credit union, or other federally insured financial institution to obtain cash, loans, assets, securities, or other property under the institution's control is illegal. A conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence and steep fines.
- Credit card fraud: This offense is commonly committed when someone illegally obtains the credit card number of another and uses it to make purchases or withdraw cash.
- Government fraud: This crime occurs when someone deceives the government to obtain funding for a program.
- Healthcare fraud: Often, this crime is committed by healthcare professionals attempting to obtain some benefit. For instance, a doctor may bill a health care program for medication that a patient didn't need, then sell the prescription to make a profit.
- Investment fraud: Commonly referred to as securities fraud, this offense occurs when a person, such as a stockbroker, provides misleading information to influence investors’ buying and selling decisions.
- Mail fraud: This offense occurs when someone uses the United States Postal Service to further a fraud offense. For instance, if a person is trying to obtain another's personal identifying information and they send a fake job announcement through the mail, they may be accused of this crime.
- Mortgage fraud: A person may be charged with this offense if they defraud a federally insured lending institution. Some common types of fraud include straw buying and inflating appraisal amounts.
- Tax fraud: This occurs when someone falsifies information on their tax returns to avoid paying their tax obligation. Often, these charges arise when an individual claims false deductions or does not report all income.
- Wire fraud: This crime is similar to mail fraud in that it is committed when someone uses a service to further a fraud scheme. The difference is that mail fraud occurs when the person uses the USPS for their artifice, whereas wire fraud occurs when the person uses a telecommunications system, such as email or a phone.
Standing By Your Side Throughout Your Case
The penalties for any fraud crime are steep and can have life-altering consequences. At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we recognize that, which is why we will stand up for you from the start of your case until its conclusion.
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