Central Illinois Fraud Lawyers
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If you've been accused of fraud, you could be facing severe conviction penalties. In some circumstances, these offenses can be charged as federal crimes, which means you'll be going up against a formidable opponent when defending your case. Often, the process for prosecuting a fraud crime begins with a lengthy investigation by a large agency such as the FBI or IRS. After they've gathered evidence, a U.S. Attorney will take up the matter and start building a defense against you. A federal conviction is serious, as it usually results in harsher penalties than those for a state crime.
When you're facing serious charges, you need an advocate on your side focused on protecting your rights and best interests. That's the type of representation you can expect when you choose Johnson Law Group for your defense. Backed by over 100 years of combined experience, our Central Illinois team knows what it takes to stand up against even the most challenging of prosecutors. We will use our knowledge, skills, and resources to fight your charges and work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.
For honest and aggressive legal representation, call us at (309) 565-8825 today.
What Is Fraud?
In general, fraud is an offense committed when someone uses deceit to obtain some kind of gain. The types of conduct a person might engage in to defraud another include providing false information, concealing information, or misrepresenting information. Typically, a person will carry out a fraud scheme to get someone else's money or property. This type of offense is different from a theft crime in that it uses deception, as opposed to force or threats, to achieve the desired end.
Many types of fraud schemes exist, including:
- Bankruptcy fraud: Knowingly concealing assets or property or otherwise providing false information during the bankruptcy filing process to prevent creditors from collecting funds they're owed.
- Credit/debit card fraud: Using another person's credit or debit card number without authorization to obtain money or property.
- Identity theft: Taking someone else's personal identifying information, such as date of birth or Social Security Number, and using it for some purpose like obtaining a loan in the other person's name.
- Insurance fraud: Using some type of deceit to receive benefits from an insurance company. Acts can be committed by the insurer or the insured.
- Mail fraud: Sending correspondence through the U.S. Postal Service to further a fraud scheme.
- Securities fraud: Misrepresenting information or using information not available to the public about stocks or commodities to convince an investor to purchase or sell shares.
- Tax evasion: Intentionally not paying all or part of taxes due.
- Telemarketing fraud: Calling others and posing as a legitimate business to trick them into giving personal information or money.
- Wire fraud: Using a phone or electronic communication system to further a fraud scheme.
The list above is not exhaustive. If you're facing charges for a fraud offense, contact our Central Illinois attorneys immediately. We'll get to work on your case right away to build a compelling strategy on your behalf. Regardless of how complex the matter might seem, you may have options, and we'll explore every legal avenue to mount a solid defense for your case.
What Are the Penalties for Fraud?
Just as there are several types of fraud offenses, there are also various conviction penalties that can be imposed. For instance, being found guilty of tax evasion could lead to a 5-year prison term. A securities fraud conviction can result in up to 25 years in prison. And wire fraud carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years.
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Although the processes of the criminal justice system are similar, our Central Illinois lawyers know that each case is unique. That is why we will work closely with you throughout your case, allowing us to better understand your situation and provide answers to your questions.
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