Organized Fraud In Florida

Organized Fraud in Florida

Fraud is one of the most common white-collar crimes in the United States. Individuals who commit fraud take part in a wrongful or deceitful criminal act for the purpose of personal gain. When a fraudulent act is repetitively carried out over an extended period of time, it’s considered organized fraud.

It can be easy to get caught up in fraudulent activity because of the financial gain that comes from it. If you’re facing charges for Organized Fraud, you should know that there is hope for your future. At The Umansky Law Firm, we believe everyone deserves a second chance and want to help you with a strong defense strategy.

What Are Examples of Organized Fraud?

Organized Fraud and its related charges and penalties fall under Florida Statute 817.034 (Scheme To Defraud.) According to statute 817:

“ ‘Scheme to defraud’ means a systematic, ongoing course of conduct with the intent to defraud one or more persons, or with intent to obtain property from one or more persons by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises or willful misrepresentations of a future act.”

Scheme to Defraud includes both Organized Fraud and Communications Fraud. Organized Fraud is more widely defined than Communications Fraud and carries more severe penalties. Some examples of Organized Fraud include phishing to obtain personal information or spoofing to trick a person into sending money. Organized Fraud is carried out in a variety of ways including Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud.

Penalties For Organized Fraud In Florida

Organized Fraud is considered a felony offense that can also be charged as a federal crime. Furthermore, the penalties for Organized Fraud are severe and can seriously alter a convicted person’s long-term situation. Individuals convicted of Organized Fraud face penalties such as:

  • Up to 30 years incarceration
  • Fines up to $15,000
  • Probation
  • Repayment of victims’ losses

The charges a person faces for this crime depends on the nature of the case. In cases where more money was defrauded, the individual will face more severe charges. For example, a loss of $50,000 or more is considered a first-degree felony. Persons charged with Organized Fraud should seek assistance from a credible criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Common Defense Strategies For Organized Fraud

If you’ve been charged with Organized Fraud, you’ll need a viable defense strategy that can work to mitigate the charges and reduce the penalties you face. In Florida, the most common defense strategies include:

  • No intent to defraud
  • Statute of limitations (the state did not press charges within the allotted time)
  • More appropriate charges (theft, etc.)

A credible defense attorney will be able to examine the details surrounding your case and determine an appropriate defense strategy. When you’re looking to hire a criminal defense lawyer, be sure to ask which strategies they prefer to use.

Hire an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Near You

In Orlando, the number one choice for criminal defense attorneys is The Umansky Law Firm. With more than 100 years of combined experience, the attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm understand what it takes to create a viable defense strategy and have a successful history of defending fraud cases. 

Don’t let your life be defined by a single mistake. To talk with a real attorney, call 407-228-3838 or contact us online today.