There are a number of theft crimes that can be considered fraud. Generally, fraud consists of any intentional and deliberate deception that is made for personal gain. These crimes can be committed against people or businesses and can range from smaller incidents involving a few people to large scale schemes, such as in white collar crimes.
What’s Considered Fraud?
While there are many different types of fraud crimes, they all consist of a few essential elements. The most crucial components of a fraud crime involve a person's knowledge of false claims or actions and their intent that another person will act upon them. For example, this is the case when a person knowingly tries to pass a bad check.
Examples of Fraud Crimes Are:
- Identity theft
- Insurance fraud
- Tax fraud
- Internet fraud
- Securities fraud
- Worthless checks
- Mortgage fraud
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Forgery is a crime that involves the signing, producing, or alteration of a document with the purpose of deceiving others. According to Kansas code 21-5823 this may include creating, modifying, or authorizing a “written instrument” as if done by another party, or altering the dates on a document.
Examples of Forgery Include:
- Writing a check in someone else’s name
- Altering an ID or other legal document, such as a passport or birth certificate
- Changing a prescription or signing it as if you are the doctor
A forgery charge is considered a nonperson felony at severity level 8, with penalties ranging in fines and jail time based on the number of past convictions for the same offense.
What Is the Penalty for Fraud?
Penalties will always depend on the unique factors involved in a case, especially the amount of money that was unlawfully obtained, the number of victims and the criminal history of an alleged offender. Fraud crimes that involve interstate communication and larger schemes can also be prosecuted as federal cases, which make the stakes extremely high and the prosecution more invasive and aggressive.
Trying Fraud Cases in Olathe, KS
Fraud allegations involve serious legal proceedings and often extend into the trial phase. With hundreds of successful jury trials, our accomplished legal team knows how to tap into our decades of experience and resources to produce the most favorable results. Attorney Garretson has also earned a solid reputation for his ability to defend complex, large scale and high profile fraud cases throughout Johnson County. When you need lawyers who specialize in working theft and fraud cases, you need Garretson & Toth, LLC.
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