West Palm Beach Organized Schemes to Defraud Defense Attorney
Get Legal Advice From the Best Organized Fraud Defense Lawyers in West Palm Beach, Florida
In Florida, many fraud-related crimes are prosecuted under the state’s ‘Organized Schemes to Defraud’ statute. In essence, this state statute allows prosecutors to charge multiple ‘small’ fraudulent acts as one very large criminal offense. Organized fraud is a very serious crime: it has the potential to carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
At the Skier Law Firm, P.A., our West Palm Beach organized schemes to defraud attorneys have deep experience handling a wide variety of highly complex white collar crimes cases. We are strong, aggressive advocates for our clients. If you were charged with any type of fraud, give our West Palm Beach law firm a call for free legal guidance.
Understanding the Florida Communications Fraud Act
Under the Florida Communications Fraud Act (Florida Statute § 817.034), it is a crime for an individual in the state to participate in a scam designed to defraud another person and, it is also illegal to communicate with the actual or potential fraud victim in an effort to execute the scheme. A person can be convicted of an Organized Scheme to Defraud if the prosecution can prove each of the following four things:
- The defendant had actual intent to commit fraud;
- The defendant made material misrepresentations, material omissions, or false statements to the victim(s);
- The defendant engaged in systemic, repeated conduct; and
- The defendant obtained property/assets from the victims(s).
In other words, fraud can rise to the level of organized fraud if the state can prove that the defendant engaged in repeated or systematic efforts to perpetuate the scheme.
Defending Organized Fraud Charges in West Palm Beach
Like most other fraud or theft charge, the penalties for an organized scheme to defraud offense vary on several different factors. Most notably, Florida law calls for heightened penalties for those who took in more than $50,000 in illicit funds or property. At this level, this offense can be charged as a first degree felony offense and it can carry a maximum sentence of nearly three decades in prison. Lesser chargers also carry the possibility of very lengthy prison sentences.
Organized fraud is a serious crime. It is also notoriously complex. To ensure that your rights are protected, you should seek legal representation as early on in your case as possible. Florida state prosecutors are known to be highly aggressive when filing organized fraud charges. In far too many cases, these charges are filed when the facts of the cases do not truly merit such a charge.
Were You Arrested on Fraud Charges in West Palm Beach?
We can help. At the Skier Law Firm, P.A., our Florida defense attorneys are committed advocates for our clients. If you or your loved one was indicted as part of a fraud scheme, you need legal representation. Are you ready for your risk free consultation, please contact our legal team today at 561-820-1508.