Newport Beach, California Criminal Defense Lawyer
Michael M. "Mike" Brewer Practice Area: Theft Related Offenses

In criminal law, fraud is the crime or offense of deliberately deceiving another in order to damage them - usually, to obtain property or services from him or her unjustly. Fraud can be accomplished through the aid of forged objects. In the criminal law of common law jurisdictions it may be called "theft by deception," "larceny by trick," "larceny by fraud and deception" or something similar. Fraud can be committed through many methods including mail, wire, phone and the internet.

Securities Fraud - the offer or sale of securities through a scheme to defraud or through material misstatements or fraudulent omissions.

Tax Fraud/Evasion - the act of willfully attempting to defeat or circumvent the tax law in order to minimize one's tax liability; tax evasion is punishable by both civil and criminal penalties.

Money Laundering - the transfer of criminal proceeds to promote the illegal activity or to conceal the source of the proceeds.

Insurance Fraud - the knowing misrepresentations or the concealment of material facts to induce another to act to his or her detriment regarding insurance matters.

Accounting Fraud - the knowing misrepresentation, concealment of material facts, or reckless misrepresentations made to induce another to act to his or her detriment regarding accounting matters.

Embezzlement - the fraudulent taking of personal property with which one has been entrusted, esp. as a fiduciary.

Internet crime - hacking, phishing, pharming, programming worms, viruses, Trojans and committing Identity theft can result in substantial criminal charges. Identity theft in particular is a rising issue across America and recent headline stories involving breaches of security at major financial institutions have caused widespread panic in the financial community and among consumers.

Health Care Fraud - a term describing numerous crimes aimed at defrauding one or another part of the health care system, for example, the filing of false medical insurance claims.

RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) - RICO is a United States law which provides for extended penalties for criminal acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO was enacted as Title IX of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970. Under RICO, a person or group who commits any two of 35 crimes-27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes-within a 10-year period and has committed those crimes with similar purpose or results can be charged with racketeering. Those found guilty of racketeering can be fined up to $25,000 and/or sentenced to 20 years in prison. In addition, the racketeer must forfeit all gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of "racketeering activity." The act also contains a civil component that allows plaintiffs to sue for triple damages.

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If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a crime in Long Beach, Newport Beach or throughout Southern California and you need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, call Mike Brewer of the Brewer Law Firm today at (888) 533-5798 or (949) 863-9682, or complete the contact form provided on this site to schedule your free consultation.

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