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Fraud carries a stigma that starts working against you the moment you are charged with it. These are serious accusations that could seriously impact your freedom and financial future. The good news is that you can defend yourself from fraud charges with a skilled white collar criminal defense attorney.

Anand Law Group is led by a highly accomplished and experienced fraud defense attorney who serves the L.A. County area. Harv Anand is a former federal prosecutor who worked in the Major Frauds Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. He knows how the prosecution approaches these cases and what kind of defense is needed to protect your rights and freedom.

If you have been charged with or are being investigated for fraud, call (800) 606-8608 to arrange a free consultation with our Los Angeles fraud lawyer.

What Is Fraud?

There are many forms of fraud and it is one of the most common types of white collar crime. Even if the term “fraud” is not listed in the charges against you, alleged offenses like embezzlement could still fall under the fraud category and carry similar penalties. Fraud refers to any alleged crime where someone is accused of using deception or dishonesty for financial or personal gain.

Our firm has experience with the following types of fraud charges:

  • Mail Fraud: Mail fraud charges carry strict penalties that can include up to 20 years in prison as well as steep fines. Because the mail system in the United States is a federal system, mail fraud is charged as a federal crime. A person commits mail fraud when they use any authorized mail service or depository for fraudulent activity.
  • Wire Fraud: A person commits wire fraud when they purposefully create or participate in any attempts to defraud someone via wire or electronic communications. These kinds of communications can include but are not limited to phone, fax, email, radio, television, etc. The penalties for wire fraud include hefty fines as well as prison time.
  • Embezzlement: Embezzlement involves the intentional theft of money or property that a person had been entrusted with. A common form of embezzlement occurs when an employer entrusts various property or money to a trusted employee and the employee steals it. Depending on the value of what was taken, embezzlement can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony and therefore has varying degrees of penalties which can include jail time and, or, fines.
  • Ponzi Schemes: A Ponzi scheme is a form of investment fraud where initial/existing investors are paid dividends using incoming funds from new investors. The penalties for being involved in a Ponzi scheme can vary but they often include prison time and the seizure of assets.
  • Healthcare Fraud: Healthcare fraud covers a wide range of scams. These can include charging for services that were not rendered, performing or charging for unnecessary procedures, modifying medical records, etc. Often times healthcare fraud punishments include large financial penalties as well as federal prison time.
  • Medicare Fraud: A person commits Medicare fraud when they intentionally charge Medicare for items which they are not entitled to. A common form of Medicare fraud occurs when someone has stolen a Medicare Number or personal information and subsequently claims Medicare reimbursement using that information.
  • Tax Evasion: Tax evasion occurs when a person or business underpays, or avoids paying altogether, the proper amount of taxes. In many cases, tax evasion begins by intentionally underreporting the amount of income actually earned. The penalties for tax evasion vary based on how fraud was committed but some punishments include maximum fines of $250,000 for individuals as well as potential jail time.
  • Bank Fraud: Bank fraud is the intentional attempt, or act, of defrauding a financial institution or the intentional attempt, or act, of obtaining money, assets or other property of a financial institution through a "scheme or artifice." Being convicted of bank fraud can mean fines of up to $1,000,000, up to 30 years in prison, or both.
  • Mortgage Fraud: Mortgage fraud is essentially an intentional misrepresentation relating to a property or mortgage. This type of fraud can take many different forms but commonly this happens when an appraisal is intentionally inflated resulting in a mortgage worth more than the property. Since this type of fraud can either be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, the penalties, most of which include some form of a fine and jail time, vary based on the severity of the fraud.
  • Securities Fraud: Securities fraud involves misrepresenting the actual value of a company or its stock. The main ways people commit securities fraud are insider trading, reporting inaccurate financial information to shareholders, or spreading false information regarding certain stocks - a.k.a. "pump and dump" schemes.
  • Investment Fraud: Investment fraud is a broad term used to describe a variety of deceptive actions used to influence or generate investments. These can include but are not limited to Ponzi schemes, "pump and dump" scams, pyramid schemes, or advance fee fraud.
  • Government Fraud: Government fraud often includes attempts to scam federal, or federally funded, programs, as well we various fraudulent activity involving government contracts such as defense contractor fraud.
  • Telemarketing Fraud: Simply put, telemarketing fraud occurs when a person calls the victim and provides misinformation and in doing so obtains money or personal/sensitive information, such as a Social Security number, from the victim.
  • Internet Fraud: A person commits internet fraud by intentionally using internet services or software to illegally obtain money or sensitive information from their victim. There are many forms of internet fraud but some of the most common are malware, ransomware, phishing, or using information gained during a data breach.

Fraud can be either a state or federal charge. Our Los Angeles fraud attorney has represented clients in both federal and state court.

Embezzlement Defense Strategies

Embezzlement is a serious charge with harsh penalties. Some common defense strategies include:

  • Challenging the intentionality of the defendant's actions
  • Challenging the defendant's fiduciary relationship with the victim - was the defendant entrusted with the money or property?
  • Insufficient Evidence
  • Proving the defendant took the money or property under duress

Can you go to jail for mail fraud?

Yes. As mentioned above, mail fraud is an offense that often results in prison time. Because it is such a serious federal offense, it is crucial that you have a strong defense attorney on your side. Contact us for more information or to start on your initial consultation!

Why You Want a Former Federal Prosecutor on Your Side

Fraud prosecutors often rely on documents to put together criminal cases. Sometimes, the government uses many documents from various sources to build its case or to “connect the dots” in an attempt to prove a defendant’s knowledge and/or fraudulent intent.

Why Choose our Los Angeles Fraud Lawyer?

  • Having defended and prosecuted many fraud cases, Mr. Anand knows what kind of tactics prosecutors use and how they gather and use evidence to build their case.
  • Mr. Anand uses his extensive knowledge and expertise to analyze, scrutinize and dissect all of the prosecution’s documents and other evidence.
  • Mr. Anand knows it is especially important to pay attention to details in fraud cases.
  • Level the playing field and get the expertise and insight you need from an experienced former federal prosecutor who worked in the Major Frauds Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, California.
  • In addition to being an experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Anand also is a former Certified Public Accountant.
  • Having an attorney who understands both the law and financial issues may make a significant difference in your case, especially when it comes to understanding and challenging the government’s evidence.
  • Mr. Anand is particularly skilled at using his combined legal and CPA experience to handle all types of white collar cases that involve financial, tax or accounting issues.
  • Our fraud defense attorney operates in Pasadena and serves clients throughout L.A. County.

Call our Los Angeles Fraud Attorneyat (800) 606-8608 to get a free case evaluation.

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  1. Led by an attorney with nearly 20 years of professional experience with proven results in defending criminal cases and litigating civil matters.
  2. We aggressively and passionately advocate for clients to protect their legal rights.
  3. Harv Anand is a Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney.
  4. Mr. Anand is a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and Former Federal Prosecutor with extensive experience litigating complicated white collar cases.
  5. Mr. Anand also is a former CPA specializing in cases involving financial and accounting issues.
  6. Anand Law Group strives to provide every client with big firm quality combined with small firm personalized service.
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