Fraud Crimes in Kansas City, Missouri
The term "fraud" covers a wide range of criminal offenses, with varying penalties depending on the crime, criminal history, and other factors. Anyone who is accused of any of the following offenses should contact a qualified defense attorney immediately:
- Credit card fraud
- Wire fraud
- Identity theft
- Real estate fraud
- Health care fraud
- Securities fraud
- Insurance fraud
Although these types of crimes are not typically associated with violence or physical harm, prosecutors fight vigorously in an effort to secure a conviction and the harshest punishment allowed under Missouri law.
Fraud crimes are generally those that involve dishonesty or a fraudulent act that results in the alleged offender gaining money or property from another person. For example, credit card fraud may involve using someone else's credit card or stealing information such as a credit card number in order to obtain money or purchase goods without the knowledge or consent of the victim.
Wire fraud schemes are usually committed when the offender gains access to personal financial information so that he or she can transfer money out of a bank account, or use credit cards for money or purchases. Unfortunately, the Internet has made it easier than ever before for criminals to access information that assist in committing fraudulent crimes, such as "phishing" via unsolicited emails that convince the recipient to provide personal identification information.
Penalties for Credit Card, Wire, & Other Types of Fraud in Missouri
The penalties for those found guilty of fraudulent crimes such as credit card, wire or mail fraud, identity theft, and other related offenses vary greatly, as mentioned above. Because most of these criminal offenses are charged as felonies, the punishment is serious and may include jail or prison time, substantial fines, restitution, probation, a permanent criminal record, or a combination of any or all of the above. Penalties also hinge not only on the nature and scope of the crime, but whether the offense was committed by one person or a group of individuals, business, or corporation.
Contact The O'Connor Law Firm Now
Fraud crimes are serious; in fact, some will result in penalties that take away your freedom for years or even decades, not to mention the fines and the fact your professional life and reputation may be ruined if convicted. Whether you have been charged with credit card fraud, wire fraud, or any other offense involving fraudulent activity it is imperative you take action immediately to protect your legal rights and freedom. Contact a seasoned Kansas City criminal defense attorney at The O'Connor Law Firm today for a free consultation at 816-842-1111.