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Our attorneys can help you defend against fraud charges

No matter how much money is in dispute, a fraud charge can lead to serious penalties that could affect the rest of your life. Someone convicted of fraud may lose their job, be required to pay significant fines and possibly spend time in prison. The consequences you face will depend on the amount in dispute, your criminal history and the circumstances surrounding your arrest.

Credit card fraud and theft in Virginia

Online shopping has become the preferred way for many Americans to buy products, which means an increase in credit card usage. As a result, more and more people are facing criminal charges for credit card fraud and theft. Under Virginia law, anyone found guilty of credit card fraud or theft could face significant jail time, fines and other consequences.

Woman faces criminal charges in Virginia for alleged fraud scheme

When a person is accused of deceiving a person or entity for their own personal gain, they may face fraud charges. A Virginia woman was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud for her role in a $5 million fraud scheme. The woman apparently told multiple alleged victims that she needed money to pay for healthcare software, supposedly bought out of escrow in Austria. Prosecutors say the woman used the money to buy luxury items and travel. She is accused of spending about $1 million on shopping at stores like Chanel and Gucci, and another $1 million on luxury travel.

Virginia man allegedly commits fraud by pretending to be a doctor

Doctors must meet all legal requirements before treating patients or promoting themselves as a medical professional. One Virginia man allegedly committed fraud when he used physicians' personal information when applying for jobs with medical staffing companies. The man claimed to be a doctor licensed to practice medicine in Virginia. As a result, these staffing companies were fraudulently induced to hire him as an independent contractor.

Understanding the different types of fraud

A previous post highlighted a specific white-collar crime. Embezzlement, which is considered a theft crime, can carry with it serious penalties. Fraud is another type of white-collar crime, and it can come in many forms, occurring in a wide variety of situations. If you have been accused of fraud, it is important to take the matter seriously, determining your options when it comes to asserting a defense.

What are the elements of an embezzlement charge?

When individuals in Virginia and elsewhere think about financial crimes, they likely think about the theft of money through a robbery or fraud. They might also think about the accused offender seizing the money from a stranger. While these types of crimes do occur and carry with them serious penalties, some financial crimes stem from a person's employment. Embezzlement charges stem from an employee's supposed theft or larceny of assets he or she is in the position of trust or responsibility over the said assets.

The severe consequences associated with credit card fraud

Crimes involving money are considered to be serious. In fact, depending on the type of crime, those accused of such a crime could face harsh penalties that include fines and even jail time. Because most individuals in Virginia have at least one credit card, cardholders are often concerned that their identity could be stolen and much debt could be accrued because of credit card theft. Being accused of this financial crime could mean serious consequences and a tarnished reputation; thus, it is important to understand the available defense against such an allegation.

What is the difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance?

We all do things to save money. Whether it is by clipping coupons, budgeting or shopping sales, saving money is essential in all aspects in life. But there are certain areas where one is unable to save much money. Because we must all pay taxes, the only way to legally reduce this obligation is through deductions and tax credits. Unfortunately, taxes must be paid, even if money is tight. The failure to pay taxes could result in a tax evasion charge.

West Palm man posing as a doctor charged in Virginia

As a previous post highlighted, white-collar crimes can be serious charges, resulting in a defendant's personal and professional reputation being damaged even if the accused is not convicted. Financial crimes have a tendency of remaining in a person's background, thereby causing it to be difficult to overcome a past charge. Thus, it is important that those accused of a white-collar crime understand what they can do to limit the impact these allegations could have.

How are white-collar crimes defined?

While crimes are committed for a wide variety of reasons, many are motivated for financial gains. Individuals in Virginia and elsewhere might face accusations for a serious financial crime, causing them to be charged with a white-collar crime. But this type of crime is different from violent crimes, and it is important that defendants understand what they are being accused of and what potential penalties he or she could face.

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