A person commits fraud when he or she knowingly provides false information in order to get an official action performed, such as a transaction. Fraud can be committed by intentionally misrepresenting material facts (or highly important information) or intentionally omitting or concealing such fact.
Typically, deceiving others in this way is only a fraud offense when the deceit is carried out for the purpose of depriving someone else of his or her legal right or property. One example of fraud is an individual filling out documents with someone else’s personal information in order to obtain a loan under that person’s name. Just about every white collar crime involves an element of fraud.
Are you facing fraud charges within the municipal or state court system? If you are, then we at JRLaw, PLC may be able to help you with your defense. Our lawyer, Jerrell R. Johnson, has provided successful legal representation tohundreds of defendants in the local courts. He also has a valuable background as a former police officer and over a decade of experience working in the legal field. Read the information provided below to learn more about fraud offenses in the state of Virginia.
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Broad Spectrum of Fraud Offenses
Fraud is a term that covers a broad spectrum of criminal offenses. Here are just a few of the various types of fraud that are prohibited under Chapter 6 of the Code of Virginia §18.2:
- Check fraud (including issuance of bad checks)
- Commercial fraud
- Counterfeiting certain items
- Credit card fraud
- False statements made for the purpose of obtaining property or credit
- Fraudulent use of birth certificates
- Identity fraud (commonly known as identity theft)
- Impersonation of a law enforcement officer
- Marriage Fraud
- Money laundering
In order for prosecutors to prove that fraud occurred, they must be able to show that the defendant actually misrepresented material fact, that this was done intentionally with the purpose of causing damage or loss to someone else, and that the victim heavily relied on this information.
When these factors cannot be proven, this can greatly increase someone’s chances of having the case dismissed or of reaching a “not guilty” verdict. There might also be opportunities to help a victim obtain a lower sentence if the individual is convicted.
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Whether you are accused of fraud at the misdemeanor or felony level, we are ready to help you build a strong defense case. Contact us in Virginia Beach or a surrounding area so we can learn more about your fraud case and what it will take to help you reach a positive outcome to your criminal matter. We are devoted to providing our clients with exceptional legal representation from start to finish!
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