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Fraud Defense in Los Angeles
Are you facing fraud charges?
Fraud is described as the intentional deception that is performed for the purpose of personal gain, usually financial gain that causes damage or loss to another individual or company. In order to be convicted of this crime, there must be significant proof that fraud was committed with purposeful intent.
This is a complicated issue that requires a strong team of fraud defense lawyers with skills in investigation and the ability to discover evidence. It is important to enlist the help of a team of attorneys who can look at the situation from different angles. Our firm works as a team, and through our differing perspectives, we can observe details that may solidify your case.
Types of Fraud
Laws governing the crime of fraud are covered under California Penal Code §484. Under this code, every individual who shall "fraudulently appropriate property" will be guilty of this crime. There are many different types of fraud that can create complex issues that are difficult to defend.
Types of fraud include:
- Insurance fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Tax evasion
- Business fraud
Penalties for fraud are determined by many factors, including the charge and how the actions are classified. There must be sufficient proof of the fraud. Felony charges typically carry harsher punishments than those charged as misdemeanors. Those convicted of fraud should reasonably expect to compensate for damages. Jail times and heavy fines are also potential forms of punishment.
What are the Penalties for Fraud in California?
In California, the penalties for fraud can vary depending on the specific type of fraud committed and the value of the property or assets involved. Here are some common types of fraud and their potential penalties:
- Insurance Fraud: Insurance fraud involves making false claims or providing misleading information to an insurance company for financial gain. Penalties for insurance fraud can include fines and imprisonment, and severity depends on the value of the fraudulent claims.
- Bankruptcy Fraud: Bankruptcy fraud involves intentionally providing false information or engaging in deceptive practices during bankruptcy. Penalties for bankruptcy fraud can include fines and imprisonment. Under federal law, bankruptcy fraud can be charged as a federal offense, and if convicted, individuals may face up to five years in prison and significant fines.
- Tax Evasion: Tax evasion involves intentionally evading the payment of taxes owed to the government. In California, as well as under federal law, tax evasion is a serious offense. Penalties can include substantial fines and imprisonment. The severity of penalties depends on the amount of taxes evaded, the degree of deception, and other factors. Under federal law, tax evasion can lead to up to five years in prison and significant fines.
- Business Fraud: Business fraud can encompass a range of deceptive practices committed by individuals or entities in the business context. This might include fraudulent financial reporting, misleading investors, or misrepresenting business assets. Penalties for business fraud can consist of fines and imprisonment. The severity of penalties often depends on the financial losses victims suffer, the fraud's scale, and other relevant factors.
Penalties can vary widely based on factors such as the defendant's criminal history, the degree of premeditation, aggravating factors, and more.
If you are facing criminal charges, it is important to involve a knowledgeable lawyer to discuss the possible penalties you can be in danger of receiving. If you are facing fraud charges, it is vital that you speak with a lawyer from our firm who has formidable negotiation skills and is prepared to strive for the best outcome of the situation.
Contact one of our Los Angeles fraud defense lawyers from Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners today for further assistance.
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