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Fraud Crimes Attorneys in Melbourne: (321) 360-4446

Expert Representation for Felony & Misdemeanor Charges

Fraud crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the type of crime and circumstances. While a misdemeanor is less serious, the goal should be to avoid any criminal record.

At Funk, Szachacz & Diamond, our Melbourne fraud crimes lawyers have represented many clients in fraud cases, including some high profile cases. Call today for the defense you need: (321) 360-4446!

Common Fraud Crimes

Whether a fraud case is prosecuted in state or federal court, the prosecution must prove certain key elements pertaining to the actions.

The prosecution must prove that the individual had knowledge that their statement was not true, the false statement was of material fact, and another person suffered injury as a result. In addition, the defendant’s intention must have been to dupe the victim.

Some of the most common fraud charges include:

  • Obtaining property by false personation
  • Making false statements to obtain property or credit
  • Making false reports by officers of banks
  • False report of commission of a crime
  • Misleading and false advertisements
  • Criminal use of personal identification
  • Insurance fraud
  • Tax fraud
  • Public Assistance
  • Sale of used items as new

Fraud Penalties

    The penalties for conviction on fraud crimes widely vary depending on the type of fraud and whether the charge is a felony or misdemeanor. Some of the possible consequences include large fines, repayment of money gained through fraudulent activity, and jail or prison sentences.

    In some situations, the consequences can be far-reaching and affect your future employment prospects. For example, an individual may lose a professional license or be prohibited from employment in certain professions after a fraud conviction.

    Public Assistance Fraud Penalties in Florida

    Public assistance fraud refers to reporting false information to the government in order to receive certain benefits. Examples of this crime include reporting a lower income or claiming more dependents than one actually has in order to gain tax benefits or government aid. This crime often takes the form of "welfare fraud."

    • If $200 or less was received fraudulently within a 12-month period, the crime is charged as a misdemeanor and can carry a penalty of up to 1 year in jail or probation and a $1,000 fine.
    • If more than $200, but less than $20,000, was received fraudulently, the crime becomes a felony and is punishable by a maximum of 5 years in jail and a $10,000 maximum fine.
    • The penalties increase as the amount of money involved increases. For example, if more than $100,000 was received fraudulently, a convicted person might face up to 30 years in prison.

    Federal Fraud Charges

    When an individual is accused of committing interstate fraud, federal fraud charges may result. Some common fraud cases prosecuted in federal court include mail fraud and wire transfers. If convicted, you could be sentenced to incarceration in federal prison. Our fraud crimes attorneys in Melbourne have experience in the federal court system and federal trials.

    If you are facing fraud charges in state or federal court, call (321) 360-4446 for the legal advice you need.

    Our Case Results

    From murder charges to alleged fraud, our case successes speak for themselves. Our clients themselves testify to the premium care that our firm holds as a standard for all of our cases.
    • No Incarceration “Pizza Hut” Homicide
    • Dismissed 10 Counts of Lewd and Lascivious Acts upon a Child and 2 Counts of Felony Interference with Custody.
    • Dismissed 13 Count Indictment
    • Dismissed 15 County Fraud Throughout Florida
    • Acquitted 166-Counts of Fraud Involving Space Vehicle Parts
    • Dismissed 18 Count Indictment
    • No Incarceration 1st Degree Felony
    • Acquitted 1st Degree Murder
    • Dismissed 1st Degree Organized Fraud, Felony False Statement and 2nd Degree Felony Misapplication of Funds.
    • Dismissed 2 Counts of Willful Malicious Burning of Lands in the Infamous Mothers Day Fires in Palm Bay, Florida
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    • NACDL
    • Brevard County Bar
    • American Inns of Court
    • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
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