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Houston Fraud Attorney

While the definitions of these forms of fraud may seem straight forward, they can easily become complex during the course of a criminal case. Protecting your rights in fraud cases includes having a clear understanding of the evidence presented.

Contact the white-collar criminal attorneys at the Law Office of David A. Breston for more information about our fraud defense services. All of our attorneys are well acquainted with the laws that surround these forms of fraud and can help you in your case from the initial investigation until the trial is completed.

Hire a Houston Fraud Lawyer to Defend you

We are dedicated to forming and maintaining a relationship with our clients so that we can better understand all aspects of your case. It will be extremely valuable to have the representation of a Houston fraud defense attorney as soon as you are aware of any allegations of fraud or embezzlement.

We can help you navigate discussions with investigators, address any concerns you have, and provide you with the necessary support to make informed decisions about your case every step of the way. Contact our office today.

You’ve Been Accused. Now, What Do You Do?

Fraud is one of the most difficult to detect offenses, and charges can sometimes easily be misdirected at an innocent party. The crime occurs on a daily basis in the United States and at a number of different levels.

While most cases of fraud are for relatively small amounts, large fraud cases result in losses of millions of dollars. Texas takes fraud convictions very seriously, making the need for a qualified defense attorney integral to the success of your case. All types of fraud are considered federal offenses.

Types of Fraud

Fraud is defined as using deception for financial gain. Unlike embezzlement, however, it is usually monetary gain that is handed over by the victim under false pretenses, not stolen outright.

In fraud cases, a defendant may face criminal and civil cases and penalties. Many cases are considered felonies and may lead to a prison sentence, fines, and other sentencing.

Texas theft defense attorney David Breston provides aggressive defense representation for employees who are accused of embezzlement and fraud. No matter how large the amount of money embezzled, the Law Office of David A. Breston is ready to defend your professional reputation. Call today for a free consultation.

Employee Theft and Embezzlement

Being accused of embezzlement or employee theft can tarnish your reputation and ruin your professional career. If you believe you are under investigation for embezzlement or if you have been questioned about missing funds, contact an experienced embezzlement defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Crimes such as embezzlement often result in long federal investigations that gather large amounts of evidence. If you believe you are under investigation, attorney David Breston can get involved right away to show your innocence or get the charges reduced when possible.

Depending on the amount embezzled, a conviction for embezzlement may result in:

  • Long prison sentence, jail time, or probation
  • Heavy fines or restitution
  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of professional license
  • Blemished criminal record

Embezzlement and employee theft often involve an abuse of trust – the embezzled money was entrusted to the person, who misappropriated it for personal use – as well as fraud such as credit card fraud, check fraud, bank fraud, or accounting fraud.

Penalties are usually proportional to the amount of money stolen, but embezzlement of any amount is serious: talk with a Houston defense lawyer at The Law Office of David Breston who will take an aggressive stance to protect your rights and reputation.

To learn about your legal options and how to protect your rights if you have been accused of embezzlement or employee theft, contact the Law Office of David A. Breston today.

Healthcare Fraud

Anytime someone falsifies an insurance claim in order to receive the benefit, it is considered an act of healthcare fraud. Lying to health care practitioners about symptoms in order to receive certain prescriptions is also fraud.

Modifying records, duplicating claims, and any other intentional acts of misdirection for financial gain are all considered fraud. Due to the overwhelming rate of healthcare fraud it in the system, it is suspected that every 10 cents out of a dollar that is spent in the healthcare system goes towards covering fraudulent claims.

Mail Fraud

Using the United States Postal Service mail to engage in any form of scheme or other illegal activity is considered mail fraud. Most often, schemes are used in which individuals will claim to be a company or other service in need of information or money when the need and other information are entirely false. It is a federal crime that is punishable by prison time and fines.

Securities Fraud

Securities fraud involves lying about company information or stock information to misdirect the financial decisions of investors and other parties. Securities regulations are complex and require in-depth knowledge of regulations and laws to successfully fight securities fraud charges.

Common types of securities fraud include failing to report accurate financial statements to shareholders in a company, publicly spreading false information about a company in order to alter the stock market and any form of insider trading.

Wire Fraud

Wire fraud is any act of fraud that takes place electronically or through the phone. Telemarketer scams, people pretending to be with a healthcare company, and people asking for financial assistance for an organization that does not exist are all considered forms of wire fraud.

The act must be intentional with the purpose of deceptively gaining money, be targeted at the victim, and use interstate wire connections to be considered wire fraud. Personal information such as social security numbers, financial routing numbers, and other information may be asked for during the course of a wire fraud scheme.