The act of fraud is the willing and intentional deception of another person in order to obtain property, money or other goods. There are many fraudulent offenses that fall under this category, some more common than others. No matter what, the end result is the same — someone is always hurt financially and emotionally.
If you have been charged with a fraudulent act, it does not matter if you're innocent or guilty. You will need to obtain the services of a Minneapolis fraud lawyer to prove your innocence or to prove that there are extenuating circumstances in your case that can lead to a lesser sentence. The lesser the sentence, the better your future will be.
Types of Fraud
There are a number of fraud statutes in Minnesota that outline several fraud categories.
Those categories are:
- Medical assistance fraud
- Fraudulent statements
- Insurance fraud
- Gambling fraud
- Lottery fraud
- Telecommunications fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Fraudulent driver's license
- Obtaining credit under fraudulent information
- Identity theft
When a crime falls into any of these categories, criminal charges are filed, and the extent of the penalty is going to depend on the extent of the crime itself and what factors exist.
There are also other crimes, such as passing bad checks, theft by swindle, fraud involving drugs, and so many more. Businesspeople can also be charged with theft. For instance, there have been cases in Minnesota in which a person in a superior position has been charged with multiple counts of felony by cheating stockholders or customers out of large sums of money for their own personal gain. This abuse of power can result in many years in prison, restitution to the victims, and very high fines.
The value of the transaction will be the main determining factor when a judge decides what kind of sentence to hand down. The penalties can include jail time, probation, fines, restitution or the forfeiture of your property. If your property is seized, it will be sold in a government auction once it is in the possession of the state government for a particular amount of time. This means you lose property you have worked for whether you are innocent or guilty, and you may have to engage in civil proceedings to get it back. This results in an even lengthier battle within the court system, but there are laws that work in your favor and your Minneapolis fraud attorney can help you use those laws while exercising your rights.
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Being accused of fraud can have a serious impact on the rest of your life. That is why you need to have a powerful defense attorney by your side from the very beginning until the very end. Having a competent defense can assist you in receiving a much better outcome in your case.
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