Criminal fraud is a white collar crime that includes any act intended to deceive through a false representation of some fact, resulting in the legal detriment of the person who relies upon the false information.
The essential elements needed to prove criminal fraud include:
Criminal fraud exists in different types:
Criminal fraud exists when someone:
You can be arrested and convicted of the crime of criminal fraud. Criminal consequences include:
In addition to criminal penalties, criminal fraud penalties may also result in civil penalties in which the defendant is forced to pay restitution for the amount taken from the victim and also substantial fines. The penalties for criminal fraud will be dependent on the severity of the fraudulent act, the person or entity that was defrauded, and the amount of money or property that was taken by defendant.
The likelihood of any of the above consequences depends on:
You can also be held civilly liable to the victim in a private lawsuit for money. This could include:
If you are accused of Criminal Fraud, you should speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.
If you are a victim of Criminal Fraud, you should call the police. If there is sufficient evidence, the police will then forward your case to the District Attorney's office to prosecute the person who committed the criminal fraud against you.
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