As a professional, you may have never thought you or your business would face prosecution for fraudulent misconduct. Now, the government has filed charges that threaten your financial future and possibly your freedom. Whether you are facing state or federal prosecutors, it will help to have a veteran criminal defense team in your corner.
The lawyers of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., have decades of combined experience with protecting the rights of those accused of fraud in Spartanburg, Greenville and elsewhere in Upstate South Carolina. We want to assist you. Contact us today to arrange for a consultation about your case.
What Fraud Charges Are You Facing?
Due to our background in this unique area of criminal defense, our law firm can handle a wide range of fraud cases. Perhaps you are facing one these common fraud accusations:
- Tax fraud – When an individual or business intentionally underpays taxes. This includes failing to file a return and filing a false return.
- Mortgage fraud – When a borrower provides false information on a mortgage loan application or a lender makes a material misrepresentation.
- Bank fraud – When an individual or company intentionally makes false representations to a bank in order to defraud that bank or to obtain property that is owned or controlled by it.
- Insurance fraud – When a person or business submits a false or embellished claim to their insurer in order to obtain an improper payment.
- Health care fraud – When a person or business files a false health care claim such as an inflated billing statement in order to earn a profit.
- Securities fraud – When a person makes false claims about a company or its stock value, and someone else relies on that information when making financial decisions.
- Ponzi schemes – When existing investors are paid with funds obtained from new investors rather than from legitimate returns.
What Penalties Could You Face?
The penalties for fraud vary depending on the type and severity of the crime as well as whether it is prosecuted by South Carolina or federal prosecutors. Typical punishments for fraud convictions are:
- Fines – Payments authorized by state or federal statute for a conviction for violating a law. Multi-million dollar fines are not unusual in fraud cases.
- Restitution – Money that a court requires a perpetrator of a crime to pay to the victims to reimburse them for their losses.
- Property forfeiture – This can be ordered regarding any property that the court determines to have been involved in a fraud.
- Probation – Typically requires a convicted person to report to a probation or court officer on a regular basis.
- Imprisonment – Can vary from several months to 20 or 30 years per violation.
How Can a Lawyer Help Your Fraud Defense?
If you have been charged with fraud in South Carolina, we are ready to help you. With our experience in criminal defense law, we can:
- Guide you through the process of being questioned by prosecutors or investigators
- Plead for immunity in return for information or testimony to be presented to a grand jury
- Petition the court for a reasonable bond so that you won’t be imprisoned before your trial
- File pretrial motions to ascertain the evidence that prosecutors plan to use against you
- Petition the court to throw out any unlawfully obtained evidence and/or drop the charges against you because of insufficient evidence
- Seek a plea bargain with the prosecution in order to minimize the consequences for you, your business and your family
- Assertively challenge the government’s case during the trial
- Seek the least severe penalty if you are found guilty
- Pursue appellate review in South Carolina or the U.S. Court of Appeals if you are convicted.
Contact Our Upstate South Carolina Fraud Defense Lawyers
In a criminal matter such as a fraud charge, time is truly of the essence. Our team of criminal defense lawyers at Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., takes pride in helping average people overcome their legal challenges, and we are ready to get to work for you right away. Please contact us today by phone or online.