Fraud & Theft Criminal Defense Lawyer
The criminal defense attorneys at the Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP represent clients facing fraud and theft charges across the country. Approximately ten percent of all federal crimes involve some form of fraud. The state and federal governments alike take fraud and theft charges extremely seriously, and the penalties can be severe. Those facing egregious allegations of fraud can face severe punishment including heavy fines and prison time.
In many cases, fraud and theft charges follow lengthy investigations by the police and federal agents. If you believe you are being investigated, you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. At Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP, we have helped numerous clients avoid criminal charges entirely through our representation during the investigation process. If you are already facing criminal charges, we will fight tirelessly to win the best result possible. While some clients’ situations are more precarious than others, our goal in every case is to have our client’s charges dismissed. Following are some of the most common crimes that fall under the umbrella of fraud and theft.
Bank fraud is a felony that is widely defined as a scheme or artifice to defraud a financial institution. Examples include check fraud, identity theft, and other methods of obtaining money from a bank under false pretenses.
Bribery is illegal, and bribing a state or federal official can land you in jail for a significant period of time. We can help minimize the consequences of your arrest.
We represent clients who have been accused of counterfeiting or trafficking in counterfeit currency or goods. These are almost always charged as federal crimes, which means that the potential penalties may include decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines.
The police and credit card companies alike are constantly tracking new forms of credit card fraud. From submitting false information on a credit card application to generating fraudulent credit cards, these crimes carry maximum prison sentences of 10 to 20 years.
Theft crimes involving stealing money from federal institutions are punishable by imprisonment of up to 30 years and fines up to $1,000,000. If you are facing federal theft or embezzlement charges, let us help you fight to protect your freedom.
Commonly charged against contractors, government contract fraud allegations can ruin any business that does work for the federal government.
We work with physicians and health care businessmen across the country who are under investigation for alleged violations of state and federal health care laws. We have wide-ranging experience, including defending claims of billing fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and False Claims Act violations.
Like other forms of health care fraud, Tricare fraud can be charged as both a civil and a criminal offense. In addition, individuals and companies found to have been involved in Tricare fraud can also face administrative penalties under the Tricare program.
Insurance fraud is an umbrella term for crimes such as asset diversion, premium diversion, fee churning, and false insurance claims. Medical insurance fraud is a federal crime that can carry a 20-year prison term. Other forms of insurance fraud are prosecuted heavily at the state level.
Mail fraud and wire fraud are both crimes that involve using the U.S. Postal Service, telecommunications, or the Internet to defraud other people out of their money or other property. Penalties include six-figure fines and up to 20 years in prison, although these can increase under certain circumstances.
We provide full-service legal representation for physicians and companies accused of Medicare fraud. In addition to defending federal charges, we can negotiate with the government and provide compliance training on the increasingly-technical Medicare regulations.
Money laundering is the practice of converting illegally-obtained funds into money that is ostensibly legal. Charges often accompany allegations of involvement in another criminal enterprise.
Similar to insurance fraud, mortgage fraud actually encompasses a wide range of illegal activities. Home buyers, brokers, appraisers, loan officers, title companies, and other individuals and businesses can all face charges for mortgage fraud.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) punishes individuals who are part of a “corrupt organization.” Originally enacted to combat organized crime, today federal prosecutors often use RICO charges as bargaining chips to elicit damaging testimony.
Securities fraud involves using investors’ funds for a broker’s or insider’s own personal benefit. There are numerous forms of securities fraud, and with the constantly-changing regulatory landscape, many people find themselves facing federal charges without even knowing that they broke the rules.
Tax evasion and other forms of tax fraud carry serious penalties. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and federal prosecutors aggressively pursue individuals suspected of tax evasion. If you have been accused of a federal tax violation, you need someone on your side who understands the system and can stand up for your rights.
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