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What Does Fraud Mean?

Virginia law defines a variety of actions that could be considered fraud. In general, fraud involves intentionally making a false representation of a material fact with the intent to mislead another. Some forms of fraud carry criminal penalties. Others may provide for civil remedies and damages. If you have been accused of fraud, you should seek out a good criminal defense attorney to defend you against the allegations.

What Is a Bad Check?

When a person issues a check on an account that lacks sufficient funds, it could result in fraud charges. The prosecution must be able to show that this was done knowingly. If convicted of this offense, the penalty depends upon the amount of the check.

What Happens if You Write a Bad Check:

  • If it was under $200, then it is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor which could mean jail time and a fine of up to $2,500.
  • If the bad check was over $200, it is considered a Class 6 felony and carries a potential prison term.

What Is Credit Card Theft?

If you used another’s credit card without permission, then you could be charged with fraud related to those actions. This is also characterized as a form of theft. Credit card fraud is a Class 6 felony that could carry fines as well as prison time.

What Is False Advertising?

If you advertise or publish information intended to induce customers or sellers to act on something that is misleading or untrue, then it could be considered fraud by false advertising and could result in a Class 1 misdemeanor.

What Is an Internet Sale Misrepresentation?

With internet sales and social media becoming more common and convenient, misrepresentations made in internet sales could result in a fraud claim if it was done knowingly and with the intention to deceive. This conduct can also result in a misdemeanor or felony charge, including fines and jail time, which is why it is critical to contact an attorney right away.

Is a Pyramid Scheme Illegal?

Pyramid schemes are becoming increasingly more prevalent. Some pyramid schemes are not always apparent and may be characterized as multi-level marketing operations or other business arrangements to avoid that characterization. Depending upon the nature of the activity, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. In this case, it is always important to contact a criminal defense attorney

Are There Defenses to Fraud Charges?

Depending on the particular circumstances of your case, there are different defenses available to challenge the charges or cause a reduction. This includes challenging the legal elements of the offense and identifying constitutional violations. A knowledgeable attorney can review your case to identify any possible defenses.

If you have been accused or charged with fraud, contact our criminal defense attorney at (703) 215-9337 that residents depend on for legal advice and representation.