Fraud involves using a lie, deception, falsehood, or dishonesty in an attempt to gain a benefit. The states and the federal governments have identified some types of fraud as criminal--typical fraud crimes are explained below.
Federal law defines fraud as any intentional deception or misrepresentation used to benefit yourself or someone else. The federal government, through its prosecutors in the United States Attorneys' Office, penalizes various kinds of fraud specifically identified under federal laws.
The crime of wire fraud occurs when someone voluntarily and intentionally uses an interstate communications device (such as a telephone) as a part of any scheme to defraud another of property, or anything else of value. Wire fraud is a federal crime with serious potential consequences. (18 United States Code section 1343)
Mortgage fraud is often a complicated crime that can involve both mortgage lenders and borrowers. It's estimated, for example, that about 10 percent of the nation's mortgage applications contain either mistaken or intentional omissions.
Anyone who uses the U.S. mail in an attempt to engage in fraud runs the risk of being prosecuted under the federal mail fraud law. One of the most frequently prosecuted federal laws, mail fraud is often charged by federal prosecutors because it can apply in so many situations, and because it applies to anyone who uses the mail or an interstate delivery service.
Contrary to the common idiom, crime often pays. It can pay so much, in fact, that people with illegally acquired funds often develop complicated plans to make it appear as if the money originated from a legal source.
When people or organizations have more debts than they can manage, they sometimes file for bankruptcy in a federal bankruptcy court. When you file for bankruptcy, your creditors can no longer on their own try to sue you or collect your property to satisfy unpaid debts.
One of the primary goals of the U.S. immigration laws is to reunite families, including married couples. However, the apparent ease of obtaining a green card (U.S. lawful permanent residence) based on marriage has led to abuse. Couples regularly enter into sham marriages, for money or other benefits, in order to obtain a U.S. green card for the immigrant.
Grifter is not a word you hear too often, but you may be very familiar with these synonyms: swindler, con artist, scammer, and cheater. If you think you have been "had" or are being pressured by a con artist, consider this:
In order to make it easier to prosecute organized crime, in 1970 Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (RICO). Under RICO, it is a federal crime to participate in or make money from racketeering (organized, illegal activity).
State sales tax crimes can occur with a business either fails to pay state sales tax or someone collects states sales taxes from customers without subsequently paying the tax to the state. In most areas both state as well as local taxes...
As the world becomes increasingly digitized, more people are using the personal information of others to commit crimes such as identity theft. Identity theft is a crime that occurs when someone uses a victim’s personal information to pose as the victim in order to obtain goods, services, or anything else of value.
Remember the “welfare queen” whom Ronald Reagan described during his first presidential campaign as driving around in a Cadillac, living large? That particular woman was convicted of welfare fraud, but the symbol of the “welfare queen” led to a major overhaul of the welfare system in the U.S. that greatly reduced the benefits system.
State agents come to your door and tell you they are going to do a “walk through” of your home, poke around behind closed doors, and rifle through your things. You ask if they have a warrant. No, they tell you, but it’s in your interests to let them in. Is this a scene from a bad movie about the
The unemployment insurance benefits program, commonly referred to as UI, is designed to provide people with an income when they are unable to find work, have been laid off, or are out of work because of factors out of their control. Each state has its own unemployment insurance benefits program that
It's estimated that as much as 10 percent of all the money spent on health care every year is paid out on fraudulent claims. Health care fraud is a crime in which someone uses lies, deceptions, or falsehoods when filing a health care claim in an effort to make a profit or to gain some type of benefit.
Florida has extensive laws against forgery and counterfeiting – creating or possessing documents that have been altered in some significant way. Most forgery crimes in Florida are punishable by time in prison.
In Texas, the crime of forgery consists of making, altering, or using any falsified written item with the intent to defraud or harm another. Written items include any document but also coins, badges, credit cards and seals. Under Texas law, to forge means to: