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Fraud Lawyer in Birmingham

Fraud is considered a “white-collar” crime that can be committed in various ways against individuals, groups, businesses, and government entities. While nonviolent, it can have a drastic impact on alleged victims in terms of asset and property loss. It consists of deliberate acts of deception or misrepresentation intended to secure an unfair or unlawful financial or benefits gain. 

Due to its covert nature, fraud is often difficult to detect, requiring meticulous investigation and legal proficiency to address effectively. Being accused of fraud can result in both legal, professional, and social penalties. Competent representation is vital if you are under investigation for fraud or have been arrested. 

At Elizabeth Hunter, our Birmingham fraud attorney can put her critical legal experience, skills, and resources to work for you. Our firm is committed to providing clients with professional excellence in state and federal criminal defense. We serve individuals in Birmingham and the surrounding Jefferson and Shelby, AL counties.

Discuss your case with our Birmingham fraud attorney in a free initial consultation. You can make an appointment at (205) 900-3815 or by email via our online contact form

Fraud Crimes in Alabama

Fraud can occur in many contexts, with victims ranging from private individuals to businesses, corporations, and local, state, and federal government agencies. These crimes are typically committed by employees within organizations with access to company funds, corporate executives, online scammers, government officials, insurance policyholders, healthcare providers, and investment counselors.

Examples of fraud include but are not limited to:

  • Insurance fraud: Involves falsifying information to receive payment from an insurance policy.
  • Bank fraud: Deceiving a financial institution to gain money or assets dishonestly.
  • Healthcare fraud: Filing false claims or manipulating patient records to receive undue benefits from healthcare programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Credit card fraud: Unauthorized use of someone else's credit card information for personal gain.
  • Identity theft: Stealing personal information to impersonate another individual for financial gain or other benefits.
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Penalties for Alabama Fraud

Alabama law penalizes fraud based on the severity of the offense and the amount of money involved. Common penalties include imprisonment, fines, restitution, and long probation periods.

Sentences for fraud-related crimes can range from one year to more than 20 years, depending on the type and magnitude of the fraud. For instance, first-degree insurance fraud, a Class B felony, may result in a prison sentence of two to 20 years. In contrast, smaller-scale fraud might be classified as a misdemeanor, carrying shorter jail terms. 

Fraud convictions often come with substantial fines, reaching thousands or even millions of dollars. For example, securities fraud can lead to fines of up to $30,000 per violation, while credit card fraud might incur lower but still significant financial penalties.

Courts commonly order convicted individuals to pay restitution to compensate victims for their financial losses. Restitution amounts are calculated based on the scope of the fraud and the total loss suffered.

Certain aggravating factors can enhance the penalties for fraud-related crimes in Alabama. These factors include the involvement of vulnerable victims, sophisticated schemes, or if the fraud was conducted as part of organized crime. Enhanced penalties can mean longer prison sentences, higher fines, and more stringent probation conditions.

Beyond direct penalties, fraud convictions can result in long-term repercussions affecting various aspects of life. Convicted individuals may lose professional licenses, encounter significant barriers to employment, and damaged reputations. 

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