White collar crimes come in many forms. It is not enough for authorities to merely accuse someone of fraud, financial crimes or other illegal activity. Every person charged with a crime in Pennsylvania or elsewhere is presumed innocent unless proved otherwise in court.
One man was recently charged with fraud in connection with his trucking company that is based in Pennsylvania. The 35-year-old businessman was indicted on a recent Wednesday. He is accused of trying to defraud the United States.
The Department of Transportation requires those applying for commercial drivers' licenses in the state to provide proof of their residence. Allegations against the truck company owner claim that he (and a 29-year-old employee) provided prospective trucking students with fake documents if they lived in another state. Authorities also claim that the man gave two outside resident students false leases so that is appeared that they lived in Pennsylvania.
Each of the men faces a possible 20 and 15-year prison sentence if convicted. If someone is facing similar charges in Pennsylvania, it is typically crucial to build a strong defense. One way to do that is by contacting a criminal lawyer who can offer clarification on all laws and legal procedures that pertain to a particular situation. He or she can also offer guidance as to how to approach the court from a defensive standpoint in a way that has the best chance of obtaining a positive outcome. It would most likely be prudent to choose an attorney who has successfully defended other fraud cases in federal court.
Source: buckscountycouriertimes.com, "Richboro trucking company owner charged with fraud", March 23, 2016