Fraud

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Fraud is considered a criminal charge in which a person acquires money or property by some form of deceit or scam. Whether it was a salesman who lied about the value of their product or a business lying about a deal to make you sign a contract, innocent Texans lose money to frauds by scam artists every single day.

Some acts of fraud include the following:

  • Forgery
    • Steal an unsigned check from another person in order to pass it as yours
    • Fill, sign, and cash a check which doesn’t belong to you, without the owner’s permission
    • According to Texas law, even accepting a stolen check knowingly is considered fraud
    • Make false entries in books or records
    • Create a false deed or other real estate document
  • Credit card fraud
    • Use a credit or debit card which doesn’t belong to you, even if it’s expired, revoked, or cancelled
    • Steal a credit or debit card with the intent to use it, sell it or transfer it to anyone but the cardholder
    • Purchase a credit or debit card from someone knowing it is stolen
  • Insurance fraud
    • Intentionally defraud, deceive, or mislead an insurer

Fraud Penalties and Sentences

Forgery crimes can result in either a misdemeanor or felony conviction, based on the item involved and the age of the victim. A state jail felony charge will be given if the writing is a deed, mortgage, will, or any document authorizing payment or money transfer, which is punishable by 18 months to two years in jail and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Other forgery charges include:

  • Felony of the third degree
    • Paper money, revenue or postage stamps, stocks or bonds, or a government record.
    • Two to 10 years in prison with a maximum fine of $10,000
  • Class A misdemeanor
    • Maximum one year in jail with a fine up to $4,000

Credit card fraud results in a felony conviction, with a penalty of 180 days to two years in a state penitentiary and a maximum fine of $10,000. If crime was committed on an elderly person, then it is considered a third degree penalty, which carries a two to ten year prison sentence with the same fine amount.

Insurance fraud charges depend on the amount or value of the claim. Less than $50 is a Class C misdemeanor, which carries a $500 fine. The harshest penalty is associated with fraudulent claims valuing at over $200,000, which is considered a first degree felony and carries a state prison sentence of five to 99 years and a fine up to $10,000.

Let Us Protect Your Rights and Reputation

Whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony, you have a good chance of being sentenced to receive community service for a first-time offender or if the case doesn’t involve large sums of money. However, a criminal charge could cause irreparable damage to your reputation, making it difficult to register for college, apply for jobs, or purchase a home.

At The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C., our College Station criminal defense attorneys are committed to fighting for the justice you deserve. With decades of legal experience, we will conduct our own investigation in order to determine if the evidence against you holds up in court.

Do not hesitate to contact us at (979) 773-7028 today for a complimentary consultation.

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Striving for Favorable results

  • Case dismissed Criminal Trespass - Property
  • Both Charges Dismissed 2 counts of Aggravated Assault
  • Motion to Adjudic dismissed. Probation completed Motion to Adjudicate on Possession of Marijuana 4oz. - 5 lbs
  • Refused Possession of False ID
  • Refused following our investigation Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor (Class A)
  • Reduced to Class C Misdemeanor Criminal Trespass to Habitation (Class A)
  • Refused Aggravated Kidnapping (1st Degree)
  • Reduced Possession of Marijuana
  • Dismissed Theft $20,000-$100,000 (3rd Degree)
  • Reduced Driving While License Suspended
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  • Over 30 Years of Legal Experience

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