Fraud crimes are usually "white collar" offenses that involve using deception or the willful misrepresentation of facts to obtain property from another person without that person's consent. South Florida, which includes Miami, is the fraud capital of the United States, with more criminal complaints for identity theft, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, and Medicare fraud combined per capita than any other area of the country.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Miami ranked No. 1 in the nation in identity theft in 2013 with 340 complaints per 100,000 residents (a total of nearly 19,000 complaints for identity theft alone). This surge in identity theft has resulted in an increase in tax fraud schemes where individuals will use a victim’s personal information to file fraudulent tax returns to obtain tax refunds illegally.
Medicare Fraud is another growing crime in the Miami area. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the government has charged 2,300 people with Medicare Fraud in the Miami area since 2007, resulting in fraudulent bills of approximately $7 billion. As recently as June 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice arrested 73 defendants in Miami who were accused of falsifying Medicare billing records in the amount of $263 million.
The penalties imposed for convictions for fraud crimes can be severe, including imprisonment, fines, and probation. In addition, under 8 USC 1101(a)(43), a conviction for fraud is an aggravated felony if the loss to the victim exceeds $10,000. Therefore, in many cases, a fraud conviction results in deportation from the United States if the perpetrator is not a citizen.
Attorney for Fraud in Miami, FL
The charge of Fraud is almost always a felony offense and the penalties are usually severe. If you were arrested for Fraud in Miami, Florida, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss effective legal representation for your case.
An knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can explain the strengths and weaknesses of your case, any potential defenses that might apply to you, and help you avoid self-incrimination in the future.
E.J. Hubbs is “Board Certified” by the Florida Bar in criminal trial law. Board certified criminal trial lawyers are the only criminal defense attorneys that can refer to themselves as an expert in their particular field. Less than 1 percent of attorneys in Florida are board certified in criminal trial law.
Hubbs Law handles all types of fraud cases in Miami-Dade County, Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, Kendall, Homestead, Doral, North Miami, and South Miami, as well as other cities and areas in the Greater Miami Area.
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Attorney for Fraud Cases in Miami, FL
If a person uses deception or intentionally misrepresents facts with the intent of depriving another person from property without their consent in the Miami area, that person could be arrested for various types of fraud. These charges could be filed in either Federal or State court.
E.J. Hubbs handles various types of fraud allegations, including:
- Medicare Fraud
- Tax Return Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Mortgage Fraud
- Public Assistance Fraud
- Medicaid Fraud
- Mail Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Scheme to Defraud
- Securities Fraud
- Worker’s Compensation Fraud
- Wire Fraud
It is important to note that almost all criminal Fraud charges are considered serious felony crimes. Often, a defendant charged with Fraud will face prison time in either a State or Federal prison, as well as heavy fines. It is advisable for any criminal defendant who is charged with any type of Fraud to obtain experienced legal representation.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Identity Theft Portal — Find information on how to report an identity theft to the U.S government, how to obtain a personal recovery plan, and how to put the recovery plan into action.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) — Report Tax Fraud Activity — Go to this link on the IRS website to find information about reporting suspected tax fraud to the IRS.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — Medicare and Medicaid Fraud — Find information on Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and directions detailing how to report it.
Florida Department of Financial Services — Division of Insurance Fraud — Find information on insurance fraud within the State of Florida and the steps to take to report it.
Find an Attorney for Fraud Cases in Miami, FL
If you were charged with Fraud in Miami-Dade County, you should contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at Hubbs Law immediately. Fraud crimes carry severe penalties including incarceration, probation, and heavy fines. Don’t jeopardize your life by representing yourself or hiring an unqualified lawyer to represent you in a fraud case.
E.J. Hubbs defends clients charged with all types of fraud in Miami and throughout Miami-Dade County, including Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, North and South Miami, Kendall, Homestead, and anywhere else in the area.
At Hubbs Law, your first consultation is always free. Our experienced board certified criminal trial attorney will discuss all aspects of your case with you and inform you of any defenses that might be applicable to your case. Call us today to schedule your free consultation at (305) 665-9040
This page was last updated on Thursday, March 3, 2016.