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Fraud Overview

Are you facing fraud charges in Los Angeles?

Fraud is defined as a deliberate deception that is committed to secure unfair or unlawful gain. Fraud can be committed in a variety of different ways, but the underlying purpose of fraudulent activity is to use deception, trickery, or cheating for one's personal gain or advantage. In the state of California, fraud offenses are covered under Sections 528-539 of the California Penal Code.

In California, fraud is an umbrella term that encompasses many different types of fraudulent offenses. Since there are a number of different types of crimes that are classified as fraud, fraud is considered a "wobbler" in California, meaning it can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the nature of the crime, the extent of the harm or damage, the defendant's criminal history and other relevant factors surrounding the case. Fraud is a common white collar crime which includes bank fraud, and health care fraud, fraud in foreign labor contracting, and fraud and related activity in connection with identifying documents, all of which are federal crimes. Some common forms of fraud include:

  • Medi-Cal Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Financial Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • Real Estate Fraud
  • California Senior Fraud
  • Check Fraud
  • Predatory Lending Schemes
  • Securities Fraud

Other forms of fraud include forgery, counterfeiting, internet fraud, handicap parking and vehicle registration sticker fraud. While many fraud offenses are wobblers and can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case, other forms of fraud are automatic felonies. As mentioned before, a number of frauds are federal crimes, which could bring enhanced fines and penalties as compared to state-level crimes. A number of fraud offenses can also bring about the revocation of certain professional licenses.

Keep in mind that a fraud conviction can undermine your credibility and incur fines, imprisonment, victim restitution and much more. If you are facing fraud charges, we urge you to contact a Los Angeles criminal lawyer from Tyler & Wilson, LLP to find out how we can help.

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