Charges such as fraud, forgery, identity theft and writing bad checks are very common in both the business world and people’s personal lives.
Typically committed in times of financial stress, these actions can be the result of poor choices—but they can have far-reaching consequences.
If you have been accused of bank fraud, wire fraud or Internet fraud, you need an attorney who will stand up for your rights and ensure you get the best defense possible. Whether you have been unjustly accused or you took actions you now regret, you have the right to protect and defend your rights and have your story told. The experienced fraud attorneys at Wilson & Reives are ready to represent you in any type of fraud case. Our fraud attorneys have handled a wide range of fraud cases, and can tell you how they have handled similar cases to yours.
What is bank fraud?
Bank fraud is the use of deception to obtain money or property held by a bank or other financial institution. It is a broad term that covers many different scenarios, which can carry charges ranging from Class C felony to misdemeanor. All of the following are examples of bank fraud:
• Lying on a mortgage application to convince a bank to give a loan to a high-risk borrower
• Overstating business profits to convince a financial institution to make a loan or extend a line of credit
• Forging documents to cover up the fact that money has been stolen from a financial institution
• Writing, cashing or passing fraudulent checks
• Forging the signatures on a check
In addition to criminal charges, some of these examples like cashing fraudulent checks may carry civil liabilities as well—which means that restitution and fees might be due to the bank and individual that the checks were passed to.
Call (919) 775-5653 or contact us and set up a consultation to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your case.
An experienced fraud attorney may be able to argue to the court that charges such as these be dropped in exchange for full immediate restitution or other considerations.
What are wire fraud and Internet fraud?
Wire fraud and Internet fraud are very similar, but there is one major difference. Wire fraud is when an individual uses a telephone or computer with the intent to defraud someone. For an offense to qualify as Internet fraud, the individual must use an Internet service or a software program with Internet access to deceive another person.
Telemarketing scams are one of the most common forms of wire fraud.
In this type of scam, an individual uses a telephone to deceive another individual in some way. One example would be calling someone and collecting money on behalf of a nonexistent charity.
Internet fraud often involves online actions, counterfeit money orders, or fake checks.
In one common scenario, a man receives an email stating he is the winner of an online lottery. The email says all he has to do is pay a small processing fee to receive his winnings. He sends the processing fee, but he never receives the money promised to him.
Keeping you from getting a criminal charge for these types of offenses is the primary goal of an experienced and dedicated fraud attorney.
Why should you hire a fraud attorney?
Bank, wire and Internet fraud are all serious offenses. If you are convicted of such an offense, you may be sentenced to time in prison or required to pay a large fine. A criminal conviction can also hurt your reputation and make it difficult to continue your career. Hiring an experienced fraud attorney gives you the best chance of building a strong defense.
If you are booked into jail after your arrest, your fraud attorney can work to arrange bail and notify your family of any changes in your situation. A fraud attorney can also try to have the charges reduced or ask the prosecutor to consider a plea bargain. If your case is not resolved before it reaches the trial stage, your attorney will work hard to ensure you are ready to go to court.
How much will it cost you to consult with a fraud attorney?
At Wilson & Reives, we know how important it is to find the right attorney. That’s why your initial consultation is absolutely vital. During your consultation, you’ll discuss your case with a fraud attorney who has experience defending people accused of bank, wire and Internet fraud. Your attorney will explain all of the costs and options available to you and help you determine the best way to approach your defense.
Don’t leave your fate in the hands of someone who doesn’t have experience handling bank, wire and Internet fraud cases. Contact Wilson & Reives for help building a strong defense.