Internet use, the financial industry, novel currencies, business violations, mortgage problems and securities violations are areas often prosecuted, particularly against people who work in financial institutions at lower-level jobs. For example, an employee may find themselves charged with bank or mortgage fraud despite having no intentional or planning part in the crime. Usually, these individuals have no criminal record and are overwhelmed by being thrown into the criminal justice system.
Understanding the intricacies of a financial fraud prosecution is critical to a robust defense. Fraud lawyers represent individuals and throughout the country who are charged with all types of fraud, including mortgage, bank, securities and wire fraud. They understand white collar crime laws and have experience handling the large volumes of documents involved.
State And Federal Fraud Defense
An experienced fraud lawyer can represent people charged with:
· Mortgage fraud — Various parties can be charged with mortgage fraud, including homeowners, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, loan officers and builders. You may also be charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, illegal underwriting or falsifying loan documents.
· Bank fraud — This includes fraudulently taking money from a bank via check fraud, forgery, and mail and wire fraud. It is also often charged in connection with mortgage fraud. If a bank employee is charged, we may be able to prove that he or she was following a superior’s orders or lacked the requisite intent to defraud.
· Securities fraud — This involves deceiving investors by presenting false information about their investments and can also include insider trading. Because securities fraud often involves the Internet, wire fraud is commonly charged as well. We have considerable experience with securities fraud defense for corporations and individual company officials.
· Wire fraud — This refers to any crime involving use of the Internet, phone, an ATM, radio or television. It is often charged in connection with crimes such as identity theft, computer crimes, drug conspiracy and trafficking, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations. Many federal agencies, including the FBI, IRS, ICE and FDIC, may be involved in prosecuting wire fraud.
There are usually multiple parties involved in white collar crimes. A seasoned lawyer will make this clear to prosecutors and/or juries in order to get charges reduced or dismissed. The Lawyer will also explain honest mistakes in bookkeeping or other circumstances that have been mistaken for fraudulent actions.
Additional types of fraud cases that a fraud lawyer can handle include:
· Currency transaction fraud (Bitcoin)
· Money laundering
· Insurance fraud
· Ponzi schemes
· Stock manipulation
· Medicare and medical fraud
· Consumer fraud
· Kickback schemes
· Honest services fraud
· Tax fraud
· Income tax evasion
Contact A Fraud Lawyer
If you are being investigated for, or charged with, fraud or a related crime, it is highly recommended that you seek the counsel of an experienced fraud lawyer such as the ones at The Morales Law Firm. Contact one today and they will help you figure out your best way forward.