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What is Fraud?

“Fraud” is a broad term that covers a variety of criminal charges. Fraud is generally defined as intentional false representation for unlawful gain. It most often involves buying or selling of property. Fraud can include both state and federal charges.  These include:

  • Mail and Wire Fraud
  • Computer Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Medicare/Medicaid Fraud
  • Welfare Fraud

In Washington State, the penalties for fraud will depend on the facts of the case, and on the value of fraud involved.  Fraud could be charged as a misdemeanor, for amounts under $750, or as a class A, B or C felony.  Misdemeanor convictions carry a possible penalty of up to a year in jail, and a fine of up to $5,000.  Felony fraud is penalized more severely, with jail time of up to 10 years in prison, and fines of up to $20,000.  In addition to these penalties, courts can impose restrictions such as payment of restitution, community service, and probation.

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If you have been charged with the crime of fraud, or are being investigated for fraud, contact my office for an assessment of your case. I will give you a clear understanding of what's ahead, what your options are, and how we will defend your case. I have spent more than a decade of my career defending people charged with fraud and other criminal charges. You need a trial lawyer with the skill and experience to fight for your rights.

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