The Florida legislature has enacted serious criminal penalties for a variety of crimes involving fraud. Fraud is a form of theft through deception and involves misrepresenting certain facts in order to deceive a person out of goods or money. Because fraud does not involve any act of violence and sometimes occurs through a person’s employment, certain types of fraud offenses are classified as white collar crimes.
Tallahassee Fraud Defense Lawyer
A fraud conviction could carry serious consequences. Your character could be questioned, and you could be labeled an untrustworthy person. You could have trouble applying for jobs, finding a home to rent, and even with personal relationships.
If you have been charged with fraud in Leon County or the surrounding areas, contact an experienced Tallahassee fraud defense attorney at Pumphrey Law. The attorneys at Pumphrey Law will counsel you throughout the legal process and ensure you have the best defense to combat your charges.
Call Pumphrey Law at (850) 681-7777 to schedule a free consultation. Pumphrey Law represents clients throughout Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit, including Bristol in Liberty County, Crawfordville in Wakulla County, Monticello in Jefferson County and Quincy in Gadsden County.
Florida law provides for different types of fraud including:
Organized Fraud (Florida Statute § 817.034(4)(a)) is a systematic, ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud one or more persons committed by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations or promises or willful misrepresentations of a future act and obtains property thereby.
Fraudulent Creation, Use or Possession of Counterfeit Personal Identification Information (Florida Statute § 817.568(9)) is when a person willfully and fraudulently creates or uses counterfeit or fictitious personal identification information with the intent to use such counterfeit or fictitious personal identification information for the purpose of committing or facilitating the commission of a fraud on another person. This is a third-degree felony.
Fraudulent Use or Possession of Personal Identification Information (Florida Statute 817.568(2)(a)) is when any person willfully, and without authorization, fraudulently uses, or possesses with intent to fraudulently use, personal identification information concerning another person without that person’s consent. This is a first-degree felony.
Medicaid Fraud (Florida Statute § 409.920) occurs when a person in any way knowingly receives, attempts to receive, or aids and abets in the receipt of, unauthorized payment or other unauthorized public assistance or authorization or identification to obtain public assistance.
The penalties associated with fraud crimes vary for each offense. The punishments for the crime can be determined based on the amount of money or the value of the property that was taken through the fraud.
For organized fraud, if the value of the property taken is less than $20,000, it is considered a third-degree felony. If the value is between $20,000 and $50,000 it is a second-degree felony. If the value is more than $50,000 it is a first-degree felony.
If you are charged with Medicaid fraud and the value of the public assistance is less than $200 in 12 months, it is considered a first-degree misdemeanor. If the value is more than $200 in 12 months, it is a third-degree felony.
If you are convicted of a fraud crime in Florida, you could face:
First-Degree Felony: Up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
Second-Degree Felony: Up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
Third-Degree Felony: Up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
First-Degree Misdemeanor: Up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000
Finding the Best Fraud Defense Attorney in Leon County
If you have been charged with a fraud crime in North Florida, it is important you understand the charges you face and the possible consequences. You could be convicted and labeled a felon for the rest of your life. Contact a Tallahassee fraud defense attorney at Pumphrey Law by calling (850)681-7777.
Attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney. Don has achieved over 100 not guilty verdicts at trial and over 2,000 dismissals.