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Fraud

Fraud is a general term that is defined as wrongful or criminal deception that is intended to result in financial or personal gain. Common forms of fraud include mail fraud and bank fraud. Acts of fraud that are committed over the internet have become increasingly common. With the growing usage of e-commerce sites like eBay and Amazon, the reports of fraud have grown as well. These are often prosecuted as wire fraud.

Due to the devastating financial damage that a fraudulent offense can cause, the federal government views crimes involving fraud as extremely serious, and they seek to harshly punish anyone convicted of these charges. In order to avoid severe punishment, it is critical that you contact a white collar crimes defense attorney in Dallas who is capable of defending you against federal charges of fraud.

Defense Attorney for Fraud Charges in Dallas

Richard McConathy is a dedicated white collar crimes defense attorney in Dallas TX who is licensed to practice law in federal courts. By hiring him, you get a team of attorneys from The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy, who will use their knowledge and countless resources to fight for your freedom.

The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy serves clients facing fraud charges in Dallas, Denton, Plano, Southlake, Carrolton, Highland Park, University Park, McKinney, Arlington, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas. In order to begin the process of defending yourself against fraud charges, contact Richard McConathy today at (972) 233-5700 to schedule your free consultation.


Overview on Fraud in Texas


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What is Fraud?

There are many different types of fraud and each kind is classified by the method of execution, as well as whom the intended victim is. In many cases, acts of fraud can lead to federal charges. Some of the most common acts of fraud in Dallas are mentioned below.


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Mail Fraud

If an individual uses or attempt s to use the U.S. Postal Service to defraud someone, or obtain money/property by false pretenses, he or she can be charged with mail fraud. This offense can be charged as a federal crime, and can lead to a prison sentence of up to 30 years and/or a one million dollar fine (Title 18 U.S. Code Section 1341 and 1342).


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Wire Fraud

This offense involves committing fraud through the internet, phone, television, or other electronic means. Depending on the extent of the crime, an individual convicted of wire fraud can be sentenced to up to 30 years of imprisonment, and/or up to a million dollar fine (Title 18 U.S. Code Selection 1343).


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Bank Fraud

An individual can be charged with this offense if he or she executes or attempts to execute a scheme to obtain money, credits, assets, and other property that is owned or under the control of a financial institution. If convicted of bank fraud on a federal level, an individual can face up to 30 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to a million dollars (Title 18 U.S. Code Section 1344).


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Other Types of Fraud in Dallas

Other common forms of fraud committed in Dallas include healthcare fraud, disability fraud, identity theft, securities and commodities fraud, visa fraud, and fraudulent actions that include  a range of other offenses.


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Resources for White Collar Crime in Dallas

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: This governmental agency protects investors from fraud and other white collar crimes in the United States. They are in charge of regulating the financial markets within the country.

Title 7 Chapter 32 Texas Penal Code: This portion of the Texas Penal Code provides the definitions and penalties for white collar crimes in Texas such as identity theft, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, writing hot checks, credit card and debit card fraud, and other offenses.

The FBI White Collar Crime Division: This division of the FBI is responsible for protecting the nation’s economy as well as the electronic infrastructure by monitoring the nation’s economic activities and prosecuting individuals who attempt to defraud others.


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Defending Clients against Fraud Charges in Dallas Fort Worth

It is important to remember that accusations of fraud do not automatically lead to a conviction. The prosecution must prove that you committed the offense. If your defense attorney is able to raise questions or present evidence that creates reasonable doubt, you may be able to avoid the penalties associated with your alleged offense.

If you have been accused of committing fraud in Collin County, Tarrant County, Dallas County, Denton County, or the surrounding areas, contact Richard McConathy at (972) 233-5700. During your free consultation, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy will analyze your case and give you an honest and accurate analysis of your situation, as well as your best legal options moving forward.

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Dallas, TX 75248

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Allen, TX 75013

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