Fraud: Investigation Initiated or an Arrest has Occurred
It is important to recognize that a conviction for any type of a fraud charge can have penalties of jail time as well as stiff fines and restitution to any damaged parties.
In the event that an arrest hasn't yet taken place, an investigation still may be underway.
If charges are to be brought forward by the State of Florida, all investigative efforts will be conducted by the police within the jurisdiction where the crime allegedly occurred. These investigations are usually finalized quickly and if a fair amount of evidence and witness testimony is gathered, an arrest will usually be made, followed by processing and all aspects of the criminal law progression.
If an investigation is underway on a federal level, cases of fraud are usually investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) but can also be investigated by other federal law enforcement agencies such as the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) in situations involving securities fraud, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) for cases of tax fraud, the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (SSA-OIG) as well as others. These investigations usually take longer to acquire proper evidence to lead to an arrest.
If you notice that friends or associates are being interviewed by these, or any other federal law enforcement agencies in regard to you, or someone you care about it would be a smart idea to secure counsel before the investigation concludes. It is always best to retain a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at the earliest point of a criminal matter to circumvent and prepare against any forthcoming allegations.
This page explains the general category of fraud, however there are sub-pages specifically concentrating on the topics of Tax Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Medicare Fraud/ Health Care Fraud, and Securities Fraud. Other areas of the law that are typically associated with the category of fraud are Identity theft and Money Laundering. Each page has an audio or video in addition to a text version of mostly everything you'd need to know about each individual topic in addition to links to articles on posted on my blog. More pages will be posted in the future.
If you're individual situation concerns any of the listed sub-topics you can click directly on the links above to go to those pages or click the links at the bottom of this page, as well as clicking the sitemap link at the bottom of each page of this Website for a full list of all existing areas of my practice and much more.
My law firm is conveniently located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, easily accessible to the tri-county area of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. I am a board certified criminal trial lawyer and an expert in cases of all types of frauds and has been practicing my craft for over thirty-five years.
Almost half of my career was working for the prosecution giving me a palpable advantage by knowing how the prosecution will proceed in any criminal matter.
To read all of my qualifications and what you should do if you are arrested and charged with the crime of any category of fraud, click here.