Fraud and Conspiracy Lawyer
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.
What is Federal Conspiracy?
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.
What is Fraud?
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 fraud and conspiracy lawyer 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.
Call David Benowitz Today
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 and conspiracy lawyer prepared to handle your case.