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Fraudulent offenses can be charged at either the state or federal level depending on the facts of the case. Federal fraudulent crimes are prosecuted by governmental agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and tend to carry harsh penalties that are far more severe than the state jurisdiction. The offense will also be prosecuted at a federal district court by a federal prosecutor, and they usually have more resources at their disposal than a state attorney.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for federal fraud, it’s imperative you seek an experienced federal fraud defense lawyer today. Although it might not seem like a huge distinction, federal and state crimes have individual differences that make a significant impact on your sentencing. It’s important you have an attorney certified and experienced with federal court cases on your side before you make any major decisions.
Are you under investigation by a federal agency for a fraud-related offense? If so, then it’s within your best interest to consult with the Gainesville federal defense lawyers at Galigani Law Firm. Our attorneys are certified to practice in the federal jurisdiction. We have dedicated years to defending clients accused of federal offenses including fraud, embezzlement, and racketeering.
Set up your first consultation with our Gainesville office by calling us at (352) 375-0812. Galigani Law Firmaccepts clients throughout all parts of Alachua County including Alachua, Hawthorne, Archer, Micanopy, Waldo, Newberry, High Springs and La Crosse.
Fraudulent offenses typically involve using deceit or deception to obtain something of value unlawfully. In some cases, the defendant commits the act because they are in a position of trust. In others, they commit the act by misrepresenting facts, forging documents, or creating documents that purport what they’re saying. Both federal and state fraudulent offenses share these traits, what determines their jurisdiction is the analysis of the fraud entailed.
Fraud offenses are typically handled in the federal jurisdiction if the defendant attempted to execute a scheme to defraud with a federal agency. For instance, if you are attempting to seek benefits through a federal program and you intentionally misrepresent facts, then the crime will be charged under the federal jurisdiction. The crime may also be deemed federal if the offense involved a large amount of money or it violated a federal law such as mail/wire fraud.
Fraud is technically an umbrella term under the U.S. Code and includes a multitude of offenses. These crimes can range from misrepresenting facts to get health care to using the mail to continue a scheme to defraud. Penalties for federal fraud offenses will depend on the facts surrounding the case and the value of the money, property, or services defrauded.
Listed below are several types of federal fraud crimes listed under the U.S. Code.
Defrauding a financial institution in an attempt to obtain money, credit or property through false pretenses, misrepresented facts, or promises is known as federal bank fraud. The offense is listed under 18 U.S.C. Section 1344, which basically enhances the penalties for fraudulent offense committed against financial institutions. The statute goes on to state anyone who attempts to commits federal bank fraud will face imprisonment and fines.
Listed below are the elements of bank fraud a federal prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt to convict a person of the crime.
Under the U.S. Code, a conviction for bank fraud will result in a fine of $1 million dollars and a maximum prison sentence of 30 years. You may also be ordered by a judge to pay restitution to the financial institution in addition to the other statutory penalties.
Intentionally and knowingly deceiving or misrepresenting medical claims to the government or receiving self-referrals is known as federal health care fraud in the United States. The laws surrounding health care are incredibly complicated, and because of that the crime is listed across several statutes. The crime can range from falsifying medical claims to a government agency to receiving “kickbacks” for providing services or goods.
Listed below are several statutes related to health care fraud under the United States Code.
Health Care Fraud U.S. Code – Visit the official website for the United States Code to look up the statute regarding health care fraud. Access the site to learn more about health care fraud, the penalties for the crime, penalty enhancements, admissible defenses and more.
Report Fraud | U.S DOJ – Visit the official website for the United Stated Department of Justice to learn how you can report fraudulent activity. Access the site to learn about the various types of fraud under the U.S. code, their statutes, and where you can report a complaint.
If you or someone you know has been arrested with a federal fraudulent offense, then contact Galigani Law Firm. Our skilled and experienced federal attorneys understand what it takes to go up against government agencies and prosecutors. We can compile evidence, call upon experts, file motions, and do whatever necessary so you receive the best outcome possible.
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