Fraud Crimes

The California Penal Code defines fraud crimes as committing “an act that results in an unfair or undeserved benefit for yourself” and/or causes “harm or loss to another person.”

Fraud-related crimes are generally committed for financial gain or to get out of criminal culpability.

Facts About Fraud-Related Crime Laws

California Law covers many types of fraud offenses including:

  • Insurance Fraud
  • Real Estate Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Check / Credit Card / Securities Fraud
  • Forgery & Identity Theft
  • Fraud Involving the Elderly
  • Mail Fraud
  • Fraudulent Vehicle Registration

Fraud Crime Defenses

Some general defenses for fraud crimes include:

  • Lack of intent to commit fraud.
  • Mistaken identity
  • Victim of entrapment

Fraud Crime Penalties

Most fraud crimes in California fall under the wobbler offense category meaning that they can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies depending on:

  • The facts related to the case
  • The defendant’s criminal history.

Penalties for fraud crimes can include:

  • High Fines
  • Significant state prison or county jail sentences
  • Seizure of money, property, or other assets

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