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Federal fraud offenses are not victim less crimes, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and have broad-reaching consequences for individuals and families. The investigations and prosecutions of federal fraud offenses are taken seriously by law enforcement and the courts, and are heavily monitored by the public at large. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the uncovering of the pervasive commission of fraud by individuals and business, such as large banks, CEOs, and financial investors, has led to tighter government regulations and a growing public and political outrage.
Generally, federal fraud results from knowingly or deliberately engaging in misrepresentation of some kind in order to profit. Frequently, federal fraud charges may coincide with state fraud charges; however, it is important to keep in mind that federal charges require the expertise of a knowledgeable federal criminal defense lawyer as the federal criminal justice system operates differently than the state system. If you are facing federal fraud charges, an experienced Maryland federal fraud lawyer from our firm has the extensive background and understanding to vigorously defend your rights.
Federal Fraud Offenses
Our Maryland federal fraud lawyers are aggressive and outspoken and bring to our clients the assistance they need regarding a wide range of fraud offenses defined under the United States Code. 18 U.S. Code Chapter 47 addresses several types of fraud offenses, including mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, identity theft, mortgage fraud, and bankruptcy fraud. As in all criminal cases, the prosecution must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the fraud offense. This means the prosecution must be able to demonstrate that you intended to defraud another for personal gain or profit in order to convict you. The government is not always able to do this. People are wrongfully investigated and accused by federal prosecutors all the time. The important thing to remember is that an experienced federal criminal lawyer can put a stop to any wrongful investigation to keep you from facing criminal charges altogether.
Common Fraud Offenses
There are several types of federal fraud offenses that federal prosecutors pursue. For instance, federal mortgage fraud and federal securities fraud are being pursued by federal prosecutors with increasing regularity as result of the 2008 housing bubble and crash. The offense of federal mortgage fraud generally involves either knowingly or intentionally defrauding by false representation or statement in any form relating to the origination of any mortgage, sale of any mortgage, or
overvaluation of a real estate transaction that is relied upon by one or more persons in making the transaction. Federal securities fraud results when a person knowingly engages or attempts to engage in a scheme or artifice to defraud in the stock or commodities markets and/or knowingly obtains property or money by false representations or promises in connection with any purchase or sale of a commodity.
Other commonly prosecuted federal fraud offenses include:
These commonly prosecuted fraud charges carry serious penalties, and thus obtaining a seasoned Maryland federal fraud lawyer is imperative toward helping you evaluate the complexities of your particular case. He or she will help you decide the most reasonable course of legal action. Our experienced Maryland federal fraud lawyers will provide you with the sound legal advice and legal strategy to defend your rights.
Sentencing and Punishment
If convicted of federal fraud charges, federal judges are guided by the U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines in determining the severity of the sentence that may be imposed. If you are convicted of any type of fraud, your sentence will depend on a number of factors, such as the number of victims involved, the economic value of the loss, and the means or channels used to perpetrate the alleged fraud.
Additionally, federal judges can increase, or “enhance,” the level of your sentence, depending on other circumstances surrounding your particular fraud charge and subsequent conviction. These enhancements include things like:
- whether during the course of the fraud you pretended to represent an agency or organization
- if the fraud involved trade secrets
- if you possessed a dangerous weapon in connection with perpetrating the fraud, or it involved the risk of death or serious bodily injury
- if the fraud involved financial institutions
- whether certain other federal crimes were committed during the course of also perpetrating the fraud
Hire a Maryland Federal Fraud Lawyer Today
If you are facing federal fraud charges, our firm’s lawyers will provide you with an experienced Maryland federal fraud lawyer who will actively defend your rights through all stages of the criminal process. Federal fraud charges are serious charges that may impose detrimental consequences on your future livelihood and relationships. Contact a lawyer today.