White collar crime attorney in Arizona

What is White Collar Crime in Arizona?

Unlike most other crimes, white collar crimes are often difficult to detect and not as out in the open and blatant as something like armed robbery, for example, which is easy to get caught for and generally much easier for the prosecution to prove in a court of law. However, when it comes to white collar crimes that involve embezzlement, the laundering of money, or extortion, the charges are in most cases not as obvious — but that absolutely does not mean that being charged with white collar crime comes with lesser charges — in fact, the penalties, fines, and other sentencing can be just as severe if not worse in some cases.

White collar crimes involve many different types of charges not only in Arizona, but also on the federal level. Our Arizona based law firm, the Shah Law Firm, has years of experience representing people with these cases. Our white-collar crime attorneys in Phoenix understand how to defend against these charges and to investigate cases thoroughly for our clients. We offer no-cost legal consultations to those interested in learning more about our expertise and services.

White Collar Crime Defined

In the most basic sense, white collar crime is one in which there was no violence used, and the perpetrator of the crime had something financial to gain by committing the crime. Most frequently investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the FBI, white collar crime is typically characterized by the concealment of the truth, or through violation of trust through deceit in any number of forms. And, in most instances, the motivation for white collar crime is the financial gain on the part of the perpetrator of the crime.

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Unemployment Insurance Fraud Charges in Arizona

Unemployment insurance fraud is a serious criminal offense in the State of Arizona. This is a Class 6 felony where someone misrepresents or fails to disclose facts or makes false statements to get or increase their unemployment insurance benefits. If you make a false statement or withhold information knowingly to collect these benefits, you could face civil or criminal charges.

Penalties for Unemployment Insurance Fraud

Unemployment Insurance Fraud in Arizona In the state of Arizona, unemployment fraud is a serious charge that carries with it some hefty penalties, including as much as two years in prison and fines up to $150,000 for each individual false statement made to the state of Arizona. That means, for example, if you received five weeks of unemployment insurance of which you were not legally entitles, those five weeks will each be considered by the court as a separate false statement for which you could be sentenced up to 10 years in prison.

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Is Mail Fraud in Arizona a Felony or Misdemeanor?

Being charged with theft is a serious offense in the state of Arizona, and one that can be scary and overwhelming, but with the right representation at your side who understands mail fraud and theft charges and how they work in Arizona, you have a very good chance of winning your case in court.

There are different classifications of theft in Arizona, which all come with different penalties, fines, and various different fees which are assessed by the judge in each case. A fraud attorney from the Shah Law Firm can help explain your charges and to protect your legal rights as you move through the legal process. We have years of experience devising defense strategies for individuals like you, facing charges just like yours, so we know exactly what it takes to win and ensure that you get your life back.

Arizona Mail Fraud: What You Need to Know

If you are charged with mail fraud in the state of Arizona, you will have to face your charges in the federal court system. That means that you will need an experienced fraud attorney who understands and who has represented clients in federal court before, to ensure the best defense is built for your case. At the Shah Law Firm, we are familiar with the federal court system, and we have helped numerous clients just like you with charges of mail fraud, with both felony and misdemeanor charges.

In Misdemeanor and Felony Mail Fraud, there are Critical Factors that Must Be Proven by the Prosecution Against You

When facing your prosecution in court, there are a variety of variables they must be able to prove in order to find you guilty of either misdemeanor or felony mail fraud. They must be able to prove that:

  • You knowingly created a fraudulent scheme
  • You began the process with the intention of committing fraud
  • You, or someone working in collaboration with you, mailed the items in question with the intent to commit fraud
  • When you or someone you enlisted mailed the items in question, you did so with the intent to defraud another person or other entity

Because they must be able to prove all of the above factors in your case beyond a reasonable doubt, the burden of proof is on the prosecution. And, with a knowledgeable attorney who has defended mail fraud cases like yours in federal court in the past, there are many ways in which your case could be dismissed, or the charges could be dramatically reduced.

With that said, it is important to understand that mail fraud is a very serious charge, and in fact, if the fraud involves a financial institution, you could have to pay fines up to $250,000 and spend up to 30 years in federal prison if found guilty.

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What are the Penalties for Credit Card Fraud in Arizona?

Credit card fraud is a serious offense in the State of Arizona. It is the crime of taking and/or possessing someone’s credit card without his or her consent, or without the consent of the business entity that owns the credit card. Additionally, any person or other entity that accepts any gift that was purchased with a stolen credit card may also be charged and convicted of fraud. Because credit card fraud can mean so many different things legally, it’s important to have an experienced Arizona fraud attorney by your side before, during, and after any court proceedings. At the Shah Law Firm, we have years of experience representing people and business entities facing credit card fraud charges in Phoenix, AZ.

In Arizona, Credit Card Fraud Can be Committed in a Variety of Ways, Including:

  • Skimming credit card numbers online or off
  • Abuse of a credit card in your own name or that of another person in the form of telling the card provider that certain charges were fraudulent when they were not
  • Identity theft by way of credit card or through the use of a credit card and another form of ID, be it Arizona or federal
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Theft charges will depend on the value of the item stolen while using any credit card illegally. Anyone who controls a credit card without the cardholder’s permission, who possesses or controls the credit card as security for a debt, or who sells or transfers a credit card with the intent to defraud is guilty of credit card fraud in the state of Arizona.

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Arizona Fraud Schemes

In Arizona, a fraudulent scheme occurs when someone creates something to defraud or obtain a benefit by fraudulent representation or promises. There are countless types of fraud schemes that can lead to criminal charges. With the help of a fraud attorney from Shah Law Firm, you can ensure that your legal rights are protected every step of the way.

There are many different things that can be determined to be fraudulent schemes in the state of Arizona, including:

  • Writing bad checks
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Forgery

Based on Arizona Revised Statutes § 2310, any person who, pursuant to a scheme or artifice to defraud, knowingly obtains any benefit by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises or material omissions is guilty of a class 2 felony. At its core, this basically just means that anything in this category is a fraudulent scheme, and in some circles, these are the types of crimes people are referring to when they say “white collar crime.”

Penalties for Fraudulent Schemes in Arizona

Conviction on a first-offense fraudulent scheme charge is a class 2 felony, which can be sentenced with up to a year in jail or as much as three years in prison. Someone also can expect hefty fines and other punishments. Our goal as your defense attorney is to devise defense strategies that will help you to get reduced or dismissed charges.

Defenses to Fraudulent Schemes

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Arizona Fraud Laws and Penalties

Fraud includes any offense that involves falsifying information. Someone that commits fraud intentionally deceives someone for personal gain or to damage someone. Fraud can occur in many ways in the State of Arizona. If you’re facing fraud charges in Phoenix, our team of legal experts at Shah Law Firm can represent you and protect your legal rights every step of the way.

Types of Fraud

Fraud can be criminal or civil. Fraud offenses in Arizona can include and are not limited to mail fraud, tax fraud, insurance fraud, credit card fraud, securities fraud, bankruptcy fraud, bank fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, government fraud, wire fraud, bribery, and unemployment fraud. Fraud can encompass many things, so it has been categorized into three categories:

  1. Consumer fraud: This occurs when a consumer is defrauded whether with a scam, credit card fraud, check fraud, or a Ponzi scheme.
  2. Fraud committed against business or government: This includes insurance fraud, tax evasion, tax fraud, healthcare fraud, counterfeiting, Social Security fraud, and much more.
  3. Employee fraud: This occurs when an employee violates their duty to a company whether by embezzling or accepting bribes.

Penalties Associated with Fraud

Shah Law Firm has helped countless clients facing fraud charges. Each type of charge will yield different penalties. For instance, unemployment fraud usually means one year in state prison, fines up to $150,000, and a class 6 felony charge. Other fraud charges can yield penalties of up to 15 years. This makes it important to always have an experienced fraud lawyer in Phoenix by your side.

Call to Talk to an Experienced Fraud Lawyer Today

As fraud lawyers in Arizona, our team of experts has helped countless individuals to fight their fraud charges. We offer no-cost legal consultations where you can discuss your case and ask any questions you have about the upcoming legal process. To learn more about our legal team and to schedule this important conversation, call our Arizona law office today at 602-888-0369. We serve clients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Goodyear, and Apache Junction, AZ.

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