In Rhode Island, fraud is defined as “the use of deliberate deception to achieve unfair gain or advantage.” This makes fraud a criminal offense. When you are facing a fraud charge, you could end up paying thousands of dollars in damages or spend time in jail. Having a competent Providence fraud attorney by your side not only ensures that your rights are protected, but that your freedom is also preserved.
What types of fraud can I be charged with?
Fraud can be committed through various ways with the most common ones being the internet and telephone. Typical examples of fraud crimes include identity theft, credit card fraud, bankruptcy fraud, mortgage fraud, bad checks, embezzlement, tax fraud, false insurance claims, forgery, and counterfeiting money, goods, or documents.
For a fraud case to hold water in Providence, the plaintiff must prove that:
The defendant made a false statement
The defendant knew that the statement was false
The defendant intended to use the false statement to prompt some action from the plaintiff
The plaintiff depended on the truthfulness of the statement
The plaintiff sustained damages as a result of trusting on the false statement
What happens if I’m accused of criminal fraud?
If you are arrested and convicted of criminal fraud, you could get imprisoned, face probation, or restitution. The penalty the court of law decides on depends on such factors as:
The severity of your case
Prior convictions or whether you are currently on parole or probation
The person or entity that was targeted
The court’s or community’s attitude towards the crime
Possible Defense For Fraud
As every case is unique, the best defense depends on the circumstances of your particular case. However, your Rhode Island fraud defense attorney may suggest any of the following:
Lack of intent – to commit fraud, you must have had the intent to do so. Therefore, evidence that you willfully and intentionally defrauded a business entity or a person. In the absence of proof beyond reasonable doubt that there was an intent, you cannot be convicted.
Mistaken identity – in the digital age, fraud charges resulting from identity theft are a norm. In that case, your Providence fraud attorney will prove that your digital or physical alibi does not coincide with the time when the crime was committed.
Misunderstanding - person or business may think that you defrauding them while in the real sense you had insufficient or wrong information. In that case, your attorney will seek to have the charges dropped on the grounds of misunderstanding.
Consent – you cannot commit a fraud crime if the plaintiff consents to your actions
Why you should contact a Priovidence fraud defense attorney immediately
If you have been accused of fraud, your best chance of winning the case is working with a proven Rhode Island fraud defense like Rory Munns. With over 5 years’ experience in handling criminal cases including fraud, Rory and his team of professional lawyers is best placed to handle your fraud crime. We will use our vast resources to review your case, gather evidence, and build the strongest defense depending on your specific circumstances. Our office is also located directly across the street from the courthouse in Providence. Get in touch with us today for a case evaluation.