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Fraud and conspiracy charges frequently go hand in hand in the federal criminal courts, necessitating skillful defense by a conspiracy lawyer equipped to handle a variety of federal criminal cases. Whether you are charged with both conspiracy and fraud or charged with conspiring to commit fraud, you could face very serious penalties. Now is not the time to take things lightly or ignore the situation in hopes that it will go away. The moment you realize you may be under investigation for either or both of these serious charges is the moment you should contact a federal conspiracy lawyer.
Conspiracy is when two or more people reach an agreement to commit an illegal act. Under federal law, you do not have to actually commit the act in order to be found guilty of conspiracy, merely planning the crime or agreeing to it is actus reas (a guilty act) and therefore prosecutable. Planning to commit an illegal act against the government is, in and of itself, a crime. If you are charged with conspiracy, it is possible that you also face additional charges, such as fraud. A federal conspiracy attorney can help you understand the nature of the charge or charges against you and can help you build an aggressive defense that minimizes or alleviates the repercussions of a federal criminal charge.
Fraud is a crime that is often charged along with conspiracy. Fraud is an attempt to gain money or value by a false representation of fact. For example, if an individual or health care provider misleads an insurance company in order to receive benefits or profits, as in health care fraud, Medicare fraud, or Medicaid fraud. It can also take the form of a seller defrauding a purchaser by misrepresenting a product, such as offering a used car as “new.” Fraud schemes can sometimes rely on more than one person to perpetrate the fraud, which is why conspiracy charges are often levied along with federal fraud charges. If you have been accused of fraud or if you suspect you are being investigated for involvement in a fraud scheme, contact a criminal defense attorney who has experience with fraud cases. More information about fraud can be found here.
Federal laws are known for their strict mandatory sentences. Conspiracy to commit fraud against the United States carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years. The sentence for conspiracy is separate from any additional federal criminal charges, such as fraud. If the criminal act was actually perpetrated, and not simply planned, it is likely that the defendant will be convicted on both conspiracy charges and fraud charges. A skilled attorney can explore every legal avenue to find the best defense for your case.
When you are facing charges in the federal courts of the United States, you need an experienced attorney on your side, someone who has handled similar cases before and is committed to offering you the best defense possible.
If you are facing federal conspiracy and fraud charges or have reason to believe you are under investigation for charges like these, contact us today to discuss the case against you and your options for defense. Call (202) 600-9900 to schedule a free consultation with a Federal Fraud Conspiracy Lawyer prepared to handle your case.
Anyone charged with civil or criminal violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act should contact an experienced RICO lawyer for help cultivating your defense. Originally enacted in 1970 to deter organized crime, the RICO Act is so broadly worded that it is now used to prosecute any fraudulent or illegal business dealings. These violations are currently alleged in many instances other than those dealing with organized crime. White collar crimes such as mail fraud and wire fraud are frequently prosecuted in conjunction with the RICO Act. Being charged with a violation in this area is a serious offense subject to harsh civil and criminal penalties. To protect the reputation of an individual, business, or organization accused of RICO violations, the accused should swiftly hire a qualified federal criminal attorney.
Our attorneys are knowledgeable about all aspects of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970. Any leader of a crime syndicate, legitimate business, or organization who is accused of racketeering may be tried for violation of the RICO Act. Notorious RICO cases involve defendants such as Sonny Barger and the Oakland Chapter of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club; organized crime leaders James “Whitey” Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang, the Gambino crime Family, and Frank “Funzi” Tieri and the Genovese crime family, and the Latin Kings; financier Michael Milligan; the Key West Police Department; Major League Baseball; and even several Catholic diocese. Though the term “RICO” frequently brings to mind criminal investigations involving the mob, racketeering charges can relate to almost any illegal or fraudulent business venture. An attorney intimately familiar with white collar and federal criminal law can launch a skillful defense against allegations of racketeering or fraud.
Our attorneys handle the defense of those individuals or organizations accused of racketeering or other violations of the RICO Act. Racketeering activity is defined by law to include:
In order for one to be found guilty of a RICO violation, the prosecution must demonstrate a “pattern of racketeering,” meaning that the defendant committed at least two acts of racketeering within ten years of each other. A skillful defense attorney can help disprove one or more conditions of a racketeering allegation, helping his or her client to avoid conviction or civil liability for these type violations.
Because organized crime is such a popular topic for film and television, the RICO Act is likely something you have heard of or seen before in some form of entertainment. As a result, you might think that you have some understanding about what this law is and the affects that it can have over an investigation with a group of people. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you understand the complicated legal situation that lies ahead of you because you have some familiarity with the charge from film and television. Our attorneys understand all of the unique complexities of the RICO Act and what it means for your charge, and can help you understand its real world applications. Contact us today for a free consultation where one of our attorneys will be able to answer any questions you might have about the charges you face.
Our experienced RICO attorneys are led by federal criminal defense lawyer David Benowitz. Attorney David Benowitz is widely recognized as a top federal lawyer, having received a perfect AVVO rating and the highest rating of AV by Martindale Hubbell. Our criminal lawyers have a reputation for success, having effectively defended hundreds of clients charged with federal white collar crimes.
For more information about RICO defense and white collar criminal charges, or to schedule a free consultation of your case, call David Benowitz at (202) 600-9900.