Fraud involves a motivation to deceive and wrongly gain property from another person or entity through falsification of facts. Just a few examples of fraud classifications include:
- Credit card fraud
- Tax evasion
- Identity theft
Other relatively newer forms of fraud include email or phone scams and ATM skimming.
A Variety Of Penalties
Various states can have differing fraud laws from federal regulations, and North Carolina is no exception. Our state fraud charges can be civil or criminal and range from misdemeanor to felony. Here are some examples of what constitutes fraud at the state and federal levels.
Misdemeanors in the state of North Carolina are made up of various crimes that mostly involve theft. Committing credit card fraud under 500 dollars is considered a lesser charge than a felony, as well as:
- Writing worthless checks
- Not returning goods that were not fully paid for
- Not paying for lodging or restaurant services received
A misdemeanor charge can also come from getting caught using falsified identification. Persons who call 911 for reasons other than emergency services also can receive a misdemeanor fraud charge.
Felony-level fraud is more severe and often involves a higher dollar amount than misdemeanors. For example, embezzlement misuses the power of being a public figure to take money or other property from others fraudulently. Obtaining property by false pretenses is another fraud crime at the felony level. Other examples of fraud crimes that can earn felony charges include:
- Identity theft
- Prescription fraud
- Credit card fraud with a value over 500 dollars
Fraud prosecuted at the federal level includes crimes such as tax evasion, money laundering, corporate and high-level financial fraud. Since fraud is treated seriously at all levels, it is critical that those accused of fraud seek consultation from criminal defense professionals as soon as possible to develop a robust defense to pursue the best possible outcome.