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Bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, mortgage fraud and submission of false claims to the government are all federal crimes. Misstatements on a loan application or financial statement submitted to a bank or other financial institution, forging signatures, using false statements to obtain something through the mail, using the internet, email or telephone to obtain something of value through deception or submitting a claim to the government to receive something you are not entitled to are all forms of criminal fraud. These types of fraud cases are often brought in federal court and are investigated by the FBI, IRS or postal inspectors. Following recent bank failures, this area has become one of intense federal interest and emphasis. A highly dangerous area for anyone even suspected of such offenses.
Any scheme which attempts to obtain money or valuables through the use of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations or promises is fraud. If the scheme involves the use of the mail, the fraud is the federal offense of mail fraud. If the scheme involves the use of email, the internet, a telephone or a fax, it is wire fraud which is also a federal crime. If the scheme involves trying to get money or something else of value from a bank, credit union or other financial institution insured by the federal government, it is the federal crime of bank fraud.
The types of cases and factual circumstances involved in these investigations are wide and varied. From the sale of home based business tools to the submission of information to obtain a loan to soliciting investors for your new business have all been the subject of allegations of fraud by the federal government. The penalties for these types of fraud include prison time, large fines and often the loss of business licenses, the loss of the right to do business with the federal government and the loss of your ability to participate in federal programs. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with any type of fraud, you need to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable defense lawyer to conduct a complete review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the investigation and formulate an effective strategy for your defense.
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