Fraud charges in Florida are serious and require an experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer who will stand by your side every step of the way.
Fraud charges can range in penalties and can even lead to you being charged federally, depending on the circumstances. In most cases, fraud charges are felonies in Florida punishable by prison time, along with fines, fees, possibly probation and other conditions.
Recently, South Florida has experienced two highly publicized cases involving alleged fraud. In one case, a man is accused of buying salvaged vehicles and selling them without revealing the vehicles’ true histories, the Sun Sentinel reports. According to The Miami Herald, a Dania Beach woman and two others from Texas are accused of fraud for allegedly telling people they would clean their cash of evil spirits but instead kept the money.
In both the cases, law enforcement has accused the defendants of deception through business. Often, these types of cases can simply be a misunderstanding by the parties and paperwork or contracts can sometimes be a strong defense to fraud charges.
But consult with a Broward County criminal defense team quickly and don’t speak to law enforcement. Police typically rely on witnesses who are said to be victims and the credibility of these witnesses can be your best defense. Giving a statement to police can come back to haunt you at trial. It’s best to let your Palm Beach County defense team do the work.
A Dania Beach woman and two women from Texas are charged with wire fraud in federal court after authorities charged them with taking nearly $60,000 from people after guaranteeing they would “determine if evil spirits were present in their lives or the lives of their loved ones and if those spirits were causing illnesses or other problems,” according to news reports. The women told victims they needed to “cleanse” their money to make evil spirits disappear.
Because the money was sent via wire between 2007 and 2008, they are charged with federal wire fraud. And they are charged in federal court instead of state circuit court because the victims lived in other states.
In the Pompano Beach case, a man accused of buying salvaged vehicles at auction and rebuilding them, but not telling the buyers they had been rebuilt. In one case, two men bought a car from the defendant for more than $13,000 only to be told the vehicle wasn’t under warranty and that it had been in a bad accident. The defendant’s attorney hinted at a recent hearing that someone else may have been responsible for the sales.
The bottom line here is that if you are facing fraud charges, don’t put your faith in a less-experienced law firm. Hire former prosecutors who know the system and know how to best defend you against the power of the state. The best offense is a good defense, so don’t waste time.
If you need to speak with a fraud defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale, contact Leifert & Leifert at 954-523-9600 or 561-988-8000 for a free consultation.