West Palm Beach Securities Fraud Attorney
With recent events surrounding banking fraud, fluctuations in the stock market, and increased funding for federal regulators, the federal government has made investigating and prosecuting charges of security fraud one of their top priorities. Public outcry to hold companies and their top executives accountable has led to harsh penalties and prison time, even for first-time offenders. The West Palm Beach securities fraud attorneys at the Skier Law Firm in West Palm Beach understand how serious a charge of securities fraud can be and have years of experience defending their clients against these claims.
Federal Securities Fraud Law
Securities fraud occurs when a person encourages investors to make business decisions based on fraudulent information. Under federal law 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1348, securities fraud is defined as when someone knowingly or attempts to execute a scheme to defraud any person in connection with any security of an issuer registered under the Securities Exchange Act or that is required to file reports under that Act. The same law states that a person can be charged with securities fraud if they obtain, by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, any money or property in connection with the purchase or sale of any security of an issuer registered under the Securities Exchange Act or that is required to file reports under that Act.
The punishment for violating federal securities fraud law includes fines in the thousands or even millions of dollars and/or a federal prison sentence up to twenty-five years.
Types of Securities Fraud
Securities fraud comes in many forms, all of which are investigated by federal government authorities like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The most common claims of securities fraud usually involve the following:
- Corporate fraud
- Ponzi schemes
- “Pump and Dump”
- Insider Trading
- Microcap Fraud
- Accounting Fraud
- Mutual Fund Fraud
- Boiler Rooms
Securities fraud can be perpetrated by a number of different people in a company. Company officials could be accused of defrauding investors with false information about their investments, or an employee may illegally disclose stock information to an outside party. If a person acts on the confidential information, that can be considered insider trading. Given the many ways a company can be accused of securities fraud, it is vitally important to secure an experienced criminal defense attorney the moment you believe you or your company is being investigated for this crime.
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If you suspect or have been accused of securities fraud, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney that knows how to handle the federal system. The Skier Law Firm has years of experience defending clients against federal securities fraud allegations and will fight to protect you and your company from these claims. Call the office in West Palm Beach or contact us today to schedule a consultation of your case with one of our knowledgeable federal criminal defense lawyers.