Tireless Defense in Complex Criminal Matters
Orlando Attorneys for Fraud Allegations
Fighting to Preserve Your Reputation and Freedom
In today’s Information Age, the threat of impersonation and data breaches is a high priority for prosecutors and internet regulators alike. In the last few years, Florida has made its way into the spotlight, recently named by the Federal Trade Commission as the top state in the country for fraud-related crimes. In the effort to mitigate the high level of risk Floridians face every day, state and federal legislators have established severe penalties for fraud-related crimes.
If you are facing fraud allegations, you will need the support of a qualified legal team dedicated to preserving the freedoms of the accused. At Alers Law Firm, our fraud attorneys have years of experience implementing powerhouse defense strategies both in and out of the courtroom. Freeing yourself from allegations of a federal offense will not be easy, but we are more than prepared to fight diligently for your rights.
When your freedom is on the line, you have no time to waste. Call Alers Law Firm at today.
What Is Fraud?
Fraud typically encompasses a complex web of interrelated crimes. Because of our attorneys’ years of experience and training, we can devise a strategy to anticipate the legal implications of every detail of your case. We will work closely with you to understand your unique situation and answer every question you have along the way.
If you have been accused of fraud, the plaintiff will argue that you gained something of value (i.e. money or property) from them by misrepresenting key information such as qualifications, products, services, and/or identity. State and federal laws recognize dozens of different forms of fraud, each with varying degrees of severity and corresponding penalties. Some are well-understood, such as when a person uses someone else’s Social Security number to commit identity theft. Others, like illegal property flipping, are not as well-known.
Your case may involve one of the following forms of fraud:
- Consumer fraud: your client or customer claims they suffered personal or financial loss as a result of your actions. Examples include identity theft, credit card fraud, mortgage/real estate fraud, telemarketing/internet scams, fake charities/lotteries, and Ponzi schemes. The prosecutor will attempt to demonstrate the method you allegedly used to defraud the consumer, such as phishing, making misleading statements, or sending fake offers or alerts.
- Employee fraud: your employer is accusing you of defrauding them. Allegations may include embezzlement or theft, acceptance of bribes, sale of trade secrets, benefits or workers’ compensation fraud, asset misappropriation, or unauthorized billing and transfers.
- Government fraud: a government agency claims you committed fraud to benefit from one of its programs, agencies, or businesses. Common examples include counterfeiting, insurance fraud, tax fraud/evasion, healthcare fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and government benefits fraud (e.g. Medicare, Social Security, welfare, etc.).
If you are convicted, consequences will depend on the number of people who suffered losses, the total incurred damages, the type of fraud, and your history.
Building Your Defense Against a Fraud Conviction
The complexity of business laws and data regulation is at an all-time high, and you may be facing fraud allegations for an action that had unintended consequences or was a complete accident. A fraud conviction results in consequences ranging from minor fines to major time in prison, and our law firm will do everything in our professional power to attain a favorable outcome for your case.
To demonstrate your innocence or lessen your charges, we will work to prove that you made no false statements or misrepresentations, or that your false statements:
- Were accidental/unintentional
- Did not relate to a material fact
- Did not harm another person or entity
- Harmed a person/entity, but the person/entity should not have relied on your statement
- Were not motivated by the intention to scam or deceive the person/entity out of their money or property
The prosecutor will need to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you intended to commit fraud and you gained something of material value at the expense of someone else.
Contact Our Firm Today
A fraud conviction can severely limit your ability to gain employment, find housing, and continue to benefit from the freedoms you have today. You may experience substantial financial loss if the court decides that restitution (compensation for the alleged victim) is in order. At Alers Law Firm, we will dedicate our time and resources to protecting you from these devastating consequences.
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