Monday, October 3, 2011

Fraud & Avoiding the Maximum Sentence

Fraud is a serious charge that results when a person has been suspected of deceiving another person deliberately in order for them to gain money, goods or some type of service. This may not be a crime that involves any form of violence but it is certainly considered to be an extremely serious crime. Some of the areas that tend to be a problem in regards to fraud include securities, insurance, credit cards, banking, healthcare, mortgage, Internet, US mail and phishing.
The penalties of this kind of charge depend a great deal on the amount of the benefit that the individual has received. For example, if a person obtains an amount that is $500 or lower in services, goods or cash, it is considered a class A misdemeanor. However if a person commits fraud that exceeds the amount of $500, it is then considered to be a class C felony offense. The punishment for a crime of this magnitude could result in as many as 5 years in prison, as much as $5,000 in fines or both.
To avoid facing the maximum sentence allowable by law, any person charged with fraud should not waste a minute in consulting professional representation familiar with cases of this nature such as a qualified Philadelphia criminal lawyer.

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