Atlanta Fraud Defense Attorney
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Fraud in Georgia consists of a wide range of deceitful and dishonest practices in order to obtain money, services, or anything of value. A conviction of any type of fraud offense carries harsh criminal penalties, including imprisonment and fines worth tens of thousands of dollars.
If you have been accused of committing fraud in Georgia, look no further than our Atlanta fraud defense lawyer at The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews. Attorney Crews can thoroughly investigate your case, collect and analyze evidence, negotiate with the prosecution, and help you get the best possible result in court. Even if you are convicted, he has years of experience in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals when he was part of a top criminal appellate law firm in Georgia.
Contact us today at (404) 777-0735 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Fraud Laws & Penalties in Georgia
In Georgia, “actual fraud” occurs when a defendant knowingly or willfully uses a false representation to induce someone to act or refrain from doing something based on the defendant’s deceit and/or dishonesty. In addition, “constructive fraud” means concealing or omitting information that harms someone else.
Attorney Crews handles the following types of fraud crimes:
- Identity fraud – Using another person’s identifying material of someone else (dead or alive) or a fictitious person with the intent to defraud. Identity fraud is a felony offense, which carries a maximum prison term of 10 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.
- Credit or debit card fraud – Using a bank card that belongs to another person (without their authorization) in order to defraud. Credit card fraud is a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to three (3) years and/or a maximum fine of $5,000.
- Forgery – Second-degree forgery occurs when a person makes, alters, or possesses any writing in a fictitious name or one that falsely represents someone else’s writing, or possesses someone else’s writing without his/her consent. First-degree forgery happens when a person attempts to pass the writing off as legitimate. Forgery is a felony offense. Second-degree forgery is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five (5) years, while first-degree forgery carries a prison term of up to 10 years.
- Deposit account fraud – This means writing bad checks or attempting to use an account that is either has insufficient funds or it is closed. A check worth at least $500 is a felony offense, which carries a prison sentence of up to three (3) years and/or a maximum fine of $5,000.
- Mail and wire fraud – Using a mailing service or interstate wire/television/radio communications to carry out a fraud scheme. Since this type of offense can affect multiple states, then a defendant may face federal charges.
- Health care fraud – Filing dishonest healthcare claims in order to make a profit. Health care fraud is generally a federal offense.
- Financial transaction card theft
As you can see, some of these charges are handled by federal authorities in courts. A conviction in federal court can result in more serious penalties compared to the state court, such as a lengthy federal prison term and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines if convicted.
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Just because you have been arrested for or charged with fraud, doesn’t mean you are automatically guilty of the crime. Let Attorney Crews protect your rights, reputation, and freedom in each step of the legal process.
Call (404) 777-0735 for more information about fraud charges in Georiga.