Fraud is a relatively broad term applied to any illegal act in which the offender uses deceitful or deceptive means to carry out the crime. In almost all instances of fraud, the offender is trying to obtain something from the victim, whether the victim be an individual person, group of people, or company. Furthermore, most fraud crimes are committed to obtain money or access to money.
There are multiple types of fraud, including but not limited to:
- Identity Fraud (also referred to as identity theft)
- Credit Card Fraud
- Bank Fraud
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Mail Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Medicare or Medicaid Fraud
- Welfare Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud
- Internet Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Securities Fraud
Forgery is actually a type of fraud in which the offender uses false, fabricated or fictitious documents in order to defraud a victim, usually in an effort to secure money. A person can also be charged with forgery if they alter or change an existing document for the purpose of deceiving or defrauding the victim. Even something as simple as signing another person's name on a check can be considered forgery.
If you have been accused of fraud or forgery, it is imperative that you speak with a knowledgeable and well-practiced criminal defense attorney right away. Douglas N. Fox is a Gwinnett County criminal defense lawyer with nearly 15 years of experience, and has represented clients throughout the area facing fraud, forgery, or charges for some other theft related offense.
To learn more about the fraud and forgery defense services offered at the firm, do not hesitate to call (770) 277-4883 to speak with Attorney Douglas Fox today!