Fraud is one of the most common types of white-collar crime in California. In the past, fraud was often conducted through mail or over the phone; in today’s world, many people have started committing fraud online. Either way, the end goal is the same: to use deceit to get someone else’s money or assets.
What are some common types of fraud?
If someone wants to commit crimes without getting caught, they might steal another person’s driver’s license and assume their identity. This allows them to engage in activities without using their real name. As a result, the actual owner of the driver’s license might end up with multiple charges on their record. This type of white-collar crime is often paired with credit card fraud.
Mail fraud involves sending someone a fake letter in an attempt to scam someone out of their money. This could take the form of a fake charity drive, a false job opportunity or another offer that involves sending money to a complete stranger. Some people also commit mail fraud by stealing mail out of another person’s mailbox and then using the information that they find to steal an identity.
Whatever the case, fraud is a serious charge that can result in years of jail time if you’re convicted. It’s important to hire a criminal defense attorney to defend yourself against charges.
How might an attorney defend you against fraud?
Fraud may not be a violent crime, but it still comes with serious penalties. Your career and reputation might be at stake if you’re being accused of embezzlement, fraud, bribery or another white-collar crime. An attorney may present the best possible defense and ensure that you’re getting a fair trial.