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Pittsburgh Federal Fraud Attorneys

With more than 45 years of combined legal service, our lawyers have gained invaluable knowledge about the federal crimes process through serving as both prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers. This experience enables us to provide our clients with comprehensive representation that anticipates the prosecution’s every move and incorporates all potential defense strategies. Our federal fraud attorney team offers these knowledgeable services to clients located in Pittsburgh and anywhere within western Pennsylvania.

Our Federal Fraud Attorney Zealously Defends Clients Against All Federal Fraud Crimes

At DRK Lawyers, our federal fraud attorney team handle all variety of federal fraud crimes, including

These white collar crimes carry with them extensive consequences that can absolutely ruin your present life as well as your future. It is important that you speak directly with a federal fraud attorney as soon after you get your charges so you can obtain a good understand of what you are facing.

Common Consequences of a Federal Fraud Conviction

There are various consequences you must know of prior to making any decision about how you and your federal fraud attorney will respond to the prosecution’s charges against you:

  • Prison time: You could be facing anywhere from six months to 30 years in prison, depending on the severity of the crime committed and your criminal record.
  • Fines: Fines vary just as much as prison times do, based on the specific crime in question. As the government provides no leniency when it comes to fraud claims, you can expect your financial fines to be quite high.
  • Restitution: In some cases, the court may also order you to pay restitution to the victim of your crime. For example, you will likely pay compensation to the IRS if you are found guilty of tax fraud.
  • Criminal record: If you do not have a record already, a conviction for this will start one for you. What’s more, it is possible that your charges will remain even if you are found not guilty or if the court dismisses the charges altogether.
  • Job loss: As most fraud crimes involve financial misdealing with an employer, an immediate effect of a conviction is job loss. This leads to loss of ability to support yourself and your family, which can lead to further lasting consequences such as bankruptcy.
  • Limitations on future opportunities: A conviction for a fraud crime will cause you to experience extensive limitations on your ability to find employment, obtain housing and get loans.

The consequences listed here are just the beginning of the direct and collateral consequences of a criminal conviction for federal fraud. As you can see, a conviction can lead to disastrous consequences. If you choose to work with our federal fraud attorney, we promise you we will work aggressively on your behalf to eliminate or limit these consequences to give you the best chance at a successful future.

The Reality of Federal Fraud Charges

Federal fraud charges are some of the most serious allegations that can be leveled against an individual or group of individuals. Being found guilty of committing or of conspiracy to commit any of the following charges can lead to severe criminal penalties including jail time, fines and orders of restitution:

  • Mortgage fraud
  • Tax fraud/evasion
  • Mail & wire fraud
  • Medicare/Medicaid fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Securities fraud

Real Housewives of New Jersey Stars Convicted in Federal Fraud Case

The Giudices of Real Housewives of New Jersey fame found out the hard way that IRS agents watch reality television just like the rest of America. As the couple flaunted their wealth and assets on one of cable TV’s hit shows, federal agents took notice of the couple’s 2009 filing for bankruptcy and began an investigation into the couple’s documents and declarations stemming from mortgage applications and their bankruptcy filing and income tax filings.

The government uses the cases of celebrities caught in these types of situations as a high profile warning to all American taxpayers. Ultimately, the Giudices were both convicted of several charges that stemmed from a 39 count indictment including alleged mortgage fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, among other charges.

When the indictment was handed down by the Grand Jury U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman noted in a statement that, “Everyone has an obligation to tell the truth when dealing with the courts, paying their taxes and applying for loans or mortgages. That’s reality.”

Serving Staggered Prison Sentences

Depending on the severity of the crimes you are charged with, if convicted, you could be mandated to a federal corrections facility for a period of anywhere from 6 months to 30 years. Additionally, any prior criminal record will be taken into consideration and could potentially impact the severity of the sentence.

The Giudices will be allowed to serve staggered sentences so that one parent may remain with the couple’s four children while the other is incarcerated. Mrs. Giudice will serve her 15 month sentence first, beginning in early 2015. Mr. Giudice will begin his 41 month sentence once his wife has completed her prison time, which is expected to be in 2016.

Paying Fines and Restitution

Fines, like prison sentences, vary based on the nature of the crime(s) in question. However, the government does not generally err on the side of leniency with regard to fines so most defendants who are convicted are burdened with heavy judgements. In the case of the Giudices they were ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

Additionally, if you are convicted of a charge such as tax fraud, the court can order you to pay restitution to your victim. In the case of income tax fraud, you will be paying compensation to the IRS as the Giudices were ordered to do to the tune of almost half a million dollars.

Limitations on Future Opportunities

In the case of the Giudices, Mrs. Giudice claims to earn income via various revenue streams from the lifestyle brand and products she developed as she appeared on television. Mrs. Giudice has by her own admission apparently lost various endorsement and product distribution deals due to her indictment on federal fraud charges and her resulting conviction and impending 15 month prison sentence.

This is a typical result in federal fraud cases regardless of if the defendant is a celebrity or not. A conviction in a federal fraud case generally leads to extreme hardship in terms of one’s ability to secure employment, obtain housing or obtain approval for loans.

Federal fraud charges are some of the most serious allegations a person can face in the United States of America. We are former prosecutors who know how the system works and will work to defend you every step of the way. If you are facing federal fraud charges, please don’t delay in contacting our federal fraud attorney team today. 

Contact DRK Lawyers in Pittsburgh for a Free Consultation

Learn more about our federal fraud defense services by calling our Pittsburgh office at 412-281-6869 or by sending our legal team an email.We can discuss your charges and your options for moving forward during your free initial consultation.