Florida fraud is classified as organized fraud or communications fraud:
● Organized fraud — occurs when an individual or entity obtains property through an ongoing scheme to defraud
● Communications fraud — involves communications by mail, telephone or other electronic communications to fraudulently obtain property
Not only can being suspected of fraud result in a criminal conviction, it can also jeopardize your career and professional prospects. Your reputation is on the line if you’ve been accused of fraud.
● Bank fraud
● Credit card fraud
● Healthcare fraud (Medicare/Medicaid fraud)
● Identity theft
● Insurance fraud
● Mortgage fraud
● Mail fraud
● Tax fraud
● Wire fraud
Penalties for a Conviction on Fraud Charges Criminal sanctions for a fraud conviction depend on the nature of the charges and the value of the property converted. Most Florida fraud crimes are felonies, so you face:
● A lengthy prison term;
● A permanent criminal record; and,
● Other penalties.Under Florida Statute § 817.034(4), organized fraud crimes are graded as follows:
● $50,000 or more: Felony of the first degree punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
● $20,000 or more, but less than $50,000: Felony of the second degree punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
● Less than $20,000, but $300 or more: Felony of the third degree punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000
● Less than $300: Misdemeanor of the first degree punishable by one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000
Under Florida Communications Fraud Act, communications fraud are graded as follows:
● If the value of the property is over $300, the offense is a third-degree felony, punishable by a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000.
● If the value of the property is less than $300, the offense is a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a potential prison sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000. Take note: a judge could sentence you to restitution for a conviction on fraud charges. This means that you must pay back the amount or value of the property that you unlawfully converted through a fraud scheme.
You have legal defenses and you may be able to mitigate your sentence.
● The government must prove that Defendant knowingly participated or devised to defraud someone.
● The promises made were not “intentionally” fraudulent and they were made in good faith.
Rely on Florida’s defense Lawyer, Atty Orlando Rodriguez
Orlando Rodriguez, a criminal defense attorney in Florida, has a proven history of successfully defending a wide variety of fraud charges. He is well-versed in the relevant fraud statutes and has a track record of obtaining favorable results in state and federal court.
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We will explain your rights and assist you in navigating the criminal justice system. It is critical to have proactive legal representation when your freedom and future are at stake. Because fraud accusations are highly serious, you must act swiftly to seek the services of an experienced attorney