Scheme to Defraud Defense Attorneys in Orlando
Scheme to defraud is a white collar crime that can be charged as a felony. If convicted on the charges, you can face prison time and other consequences. Many instances of schemes to defraud include white collar professionals facing allegations related to their business practices. Most who have been charged with this crime have no criminal record and are facing the criminal justice system for the first time in their life.
At Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, our Orlando defense lawyers protect the rights of people throughout Central Florida. We are former prosecutors who now focus exclusively on defending the rights and futures of people facing criminal charges. If you or a loved one is under investigation for or has been charged with a white collar crime such as scheme to defraud, you can turn to us with confidence.
What Is Scheme to Defraud?
A scheme to defraud is a continuous series of fraudulent actions intending to defraud another individual. Fraud can include making false promises or misrepresenting an item or future action. Florida’s Scheme to Defraud Statute prohibits “financial fraud through any technology, including the Internet, mail, wire, telephone or any other type of communication.” A scheme to defraud can include credit card theft, identity theft and various types of fraud.
Punishment upon conviction of scheme to defraud charges is serious and life-altering. The maximum penalty you could face depends upon the victim’s monetary loss.
As outlined by Florida’s Organized Scheme to Defraud Statute:
- A scheme to defraud less than $20,000 is a third-degree felony and punishable by five years in Florida State Prison
- A scheme to defraud more than $20,000 but less than $50,000 is a second-degree felony and punishable by 15 years in Florida State Prison
- A scheme to defraud more than $50,000 is a first-degree felony and punishable by 30 years in Florida State Prison
Also according to Florida statute, if the victim did not exchange money with the defendant, the punishment is based upon the amount of money he or she intended to take:
- A scheme to defraud $300 or more is a third-degree felony and punishable by five years in Florida State Prison
- A scheme to defraud less than $300 is a first-degree misdemeanor and punishable by up to 12 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine
As your experienced defense attorneys, we are prepared to fight on your behalf. We have extensive experience representing white collar defendants. As our client, you can feel confident with the knowledge that we will stand by your side and make every effort to obtain a favorable outcome on your behalf.