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Manassas Financial Crime Lawyer

Virginia Crimes Involving Money

In the Virginia court system, financial Crimes are typically classified as crimes involving fraud & property crimes, which may include the following.

Types of Financial Crime:

  • Embezzlement
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Credit Card Theft
  • Obtaining Money by False Pretenses
  • Identity Theft
  • Forgery
  • Counterfeiting
  • Money Laundering
  • Wire Fraud
  • Check Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Medical Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Confidence Tricks
  • Bribery
  • Embezzlement

Financial crimes also typically involve additional criminal acts, some of which can be violent, including: computer crime, elder abuse, burglary, armed robbery, and/or murder.

What Are the Penalties for a Financial Crime in Virginia?

Most financial crimes punishable at the state level fall under fraud or property crimes. Serious financial crimes are often prosecuted at the federal level and involve complex factual scenarios. An experienced Manassas criminal defense attorney should always be consulted if you are faced with an investigation or prosecution dealing with financial offenses.

What Is Money Laundering?

Money laundering is accomplished when a person knowingly conducts a financial transaction when the property involved in the transaction represents the proceeds of an activity that is punishable as a felony. If convicted under this provision, the crime is punishable by up to 40 years in prison and a fine up to $50,000.00. 

Alternatively, any person, who converts cash into negotiable instruments or electronic funds for another knowing the case is the proceeds of some form of activity which is punishable as a felony, and is compensated for such act is guilty of Class 1 Misdemeanor. A second offense is a class 6 felony according to Va. Code § 18.2-246.3

What Is Embezzlement?

Embezzlement involves the mishandling of funds or theft of property or finances by an employee from their employer. In the state of Virginia, an individual can be charged with larceny if there is evidence of the embezzlement. This type of financial crime can be charged at the misdemeanor or felony level depending on the worth of assets or property taken. 

A misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of a year in jail with a fine of $2,500, while a felony charge carries up to 20 years in jail with a fine of up to $2,500. Additionally, restitution may be required at both the misdemeanor and felony level. 

Contact us today at (703) 215-9337 for more information regarding financial crimes in Manassas, Virginia.

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