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.
The mail fraud statute, sometimes called the federal prosecutor's best friend, covers a broad range of fraudulent schemes committed using the mail systems. Learn how the law defines and penalizes acts of mail fraud—a felony under federal law.
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—referred to as washing or laundering money.
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.
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).
For fraudulent acts relating to SBA and SBA-backed loan applications, prosecutors can seek criminal penalties for false statements to a federal agency, false statements in a loan application, bank fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud, among other federal crimes.
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...
Strict eligibility requirements apply to public welfare programs. To determine eligibility or continued eligibility for assistance, a local social services agency might schedule a home visit. What happens during a home visit? What rights does the applicant have?
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: