Stealing money from Social Security is a serious crime that may obviously produce severe repercussions, if charged and convicted. Merely being accused of fraud or other white collar theft in Pennsylvania, however, is not proof of one's guilt. In some circumstances, however, some defendants determine it is within their best interests to plead guilty in court. This is often accomplished alongside experienced legal counsel and as part of a negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors.
No one wants to be viewed as a criminal in his or her community. In Pennsylvania and all other states, there are generally various options available to help preserve the reputation of someone who has been accused of fraud or other financial crimes. Many who stand accused are later found innocent after presenting strong defenses in court.
Recent incidents took place that included an alleged online romance scheme. A man who claims to have been a victim in the scheme has also admitted to financial crimes that took place in Pennsylvania as the events unfolded. Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggests more than 12,000 victims of romance fraud have lost more than $200 million over the past year.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center found itself at the center of a recent criminal investigation. The defendant is a man who allegedly committed fraud by stealing personal information from the medical center's records. He reportedly had accomplices in his scheme. No information was provided as to the manner in which the man allegedly obtained the personal information.
Two brothers recently pleaded guilty to taking part in illegal financial activities from 2010 through part of 2015. The two men apparently own a restaurant together outside of Pennsylvania, and the tax fraud to which they pleaded guilty involved taxable receipts at their establishment. They reportedly failed to disclose the proper amount of taxable receipts on tax forms, which resulted in lower tax charges.
No Pennsylvania resident or business owner wants to be publicly known as someone who has been accused of a crime. It is natural to want to preserve one's reputation and good standing within a community. Adverse effects associated with fraud charges are often immediate and long-lasting; many times, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help someone minimize the potential negative impact of a situation.
Many Pennsylvania professionals come under scrutiny from federal agents when suspected of illicit financial activities. A podiatrist in the Havertown area is currently involved in such circumstances. He has been accused of fraud in scheme that apparently netted millions of dollars.
When a person in Pennsylvania is accused of illicit financial activities, the penalties for conviction may be quite severe. Especially in situations where the accused is a high profile government official, one's personal and professional reputation may be at stake. Often, such situations include allegations of money laundering and may have long-lasting negative impact on the family of a defendant.
When a person is accused of a crime, he or she must make several important decisions about the case. Perhaps most importantly, a decision whether to fight the charges in court or accept plea deal, if one is made available. Federal prosecutors have recently announced that one man in Pennsylvania, the former CEO of a credit union, has recently accepted a plea deal in a case involving fraud.
Facing charges of fraud can be extremely frightening. This is especially true if you have never faced more than a traffic ticket in your entire life. A simple misunderstanding or wrongly filed paperwork can quickly turn into accusations of fraud. While you may wholeheartedly know that something was a misunderstanding, it does not necessarily mean that a prosecutor will believe you.