When we imagine the kind of person who commits fraud, we tend to think of hardcore criminals. Or, we think of high-powered executive types who carry out pyramid schemes. The truth, most of the people charged with any types of fraud in Connecticut are just regular people who get mixed up in dangerous and costly schemes.
Although a lot of people think that people convicted of fraud go to minimum security prisons – what some refer to as “Club Fed” – this isn’t necessarily true. While a lot of people convicted of fraud do indeed to go federal prison, it’s not the slap on the wrist many people think it is.
Fraud is a crime. It’s that simple. The more money involved, the longer prison sentence you’ll face. But even if you commit fraud for just $150, you can still face possible jail time. Connecticut takes the crime of fraud very seriously. So does the federal government.
If you’ve been charged with fraud of any sort, you should call and speak with a criminal defense lawyer in Connecticut right away. You have no idea what kind of evidence the State has against you. While you may have an idea of what kind of information they have, you can’t be really sure. That’s why you need a criminal defense attorney. They know how to get this information so they can prepare the best defense possible.
Here are 3 of the types of fraud that may come with a lengthy prison sentence. If you’ve been charged with any of these, your life may change significantly. Call and speak with a Connecticut criminal defense lawyer today.
Healthcare fraud is just what it sounds like. Someone submits false bills or invoices in order to collect additional monies from either the government or an insurance company. This type of fraud can be committed by a doctor, hospital administrator or even an office assistant.
The scary thing about healthcare fraud is that the entire office can be charged with the crime. Low-level employees may not even be aware of what’s going on. However, if their name is on a bill or insurance claim, they can be charged with the crime.
Some of the more common types of healthcare fraud involve the following:
- Fraudulent billing
- Additional charges being added to an invoice
- Billing for procedures that were cancelled or not provided
- Improper coding in order to pad the bills and invoices
If you’re charged with healthcare fraud, you’ll face the following penalties:
- 1st Degree: Involves fraud of more than $10,000
- Classified as a Class B Felony
- Carries up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $15,000
- 2nd Degree: Involves fraud of more than $5,000
- Classified as a Class C Felony
- Carries up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000
- 3rd Degree: Involves fraud of more than $1,000
- Classified as a Class D Felony
- Carries up to 5 years in prison and fines of up to $5,000
Obviously, you never want to mess with the Internal Revenue Service. If you intentionally or negligently fail to report (or underreport) income to the IRS, you will be charged with tax fraud. These cases tend to carry very stiff penalties. Not only will you face possible prison time, but you’ll also face penalties, fines and interest.
You’ll be required to pay back any monies the IRS determines you owe. And, depending on how much money is involved and how many counts of tax fraud you’re charged with you could face several years (or decades) in prison. However, the government is usually willing to offer people probation if the fraud involved possible mistakes or slight errors.
Mail and Wire Fraud
You may have heard of mail and wire fraud. Although these crimes may sound insignificant, they carry very heavy penalties. They also serve as a catch-all for the government when they can’t gather enough evidence to convict you of other types of fraud.
Mail fraud is when you try to deprive people of money or services by using the mail. Today, most of these cases involve email and other forms of electronic communication. It is often charged together with wire fraud. Wire fraud is when a person deprives someone of money using any type of bank account, credit card or credit union account.
The penalties for mail fraud include up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $15,000. If you’re convicted of wire fraud, the penalties are much higher. You’ll face up to 30 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines.
If you’ve been charged with any of these types of fraud, you need to call a criminal defense lawyer at Aeton Law Partners today. The State is a formidable opponent and you don’t want to handle this on your own.