Forgery is a serious white collar crime that can result in a lengthy prison sentence or very large fines if convicted. An individual can face criminal charges for forgery if, with the intent to defraud, the individual commits one or more of the following acts: Falsely makes, completes, or alters a written instrument Knowingly holds a forged instrument in their possession Offers or presents a forged item or a forged item containing false information, regardless of whether or not that item is accepted According to ARS 13-2002, forgery is a class 4 felony. In cases where a forged instrument is
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In recent news, 12 Arizona residents have been indicted for involvement in multi-million dollar mortgage fraud schemes. The defendants have been charged with numerous white collar crimes, including various counts of conspiracy, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering, as well as conspiracy to commit transactional money laundering. It was determined that mortgage fraud played a huge role in the collapse of Arizona’s economy and real estate market, so it’s safe to say that federal investigators are not going to show much leniency towards defendants accused of this criminal offense.
For an individual to secure the best possible defense in court against charges for fraud, they should look for a Phoenix fraud attorney with experience as a former Arizona prosecutor. This experience can prove invaluable for a defendant accused of fraud because a former prosecutor may know some key people within Arizona’s criminal justice system, and these connections will make it much easier for the defense to negotiate with the prosecution.
Possible penalties for Arizona fraud crimes can include a jail sentence for up to 10 years, hefty fines and restitution. If convicted of a fraud crime such as mortgage fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud or credit card fraud, the punishments handed down from a judge will usually vary depending on the amount stolen and the scope of the crime. In addition, first time offenders are almost always treated differently than individuals with a past criminal record. Judges and prosecutors oftentimes show greater leniency towards first time offenders. When it comes to defendants with a history of involvement in white collar criminal offenses, judges and prosecutors may be extremely strict. Therefore, it is important for individuals with criminal records to consult with a Phoenix white collar crimes attorney if they think that they are under investigation or have been arrested for fraud.
Under Arizona law and Federal law, fraud is considered to be one of the most serious types of white collar criminal offenses. The act of fraud occurs when an individual acquires money or property by deceiving another individual. Instances of fraud are generally classified according to the nature of the offense. The following list includes some of the most common types of fraud crimes committed by individuals in Arizona: Bank fraud Credit card fraud Identity theft Insurance fraud Mail fraud Mortgage fraud Securities fraud and insider trading Wire fraud If you’ve been accused of fraud in Arizona court or Federal
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