Federal Fraud Charges
Whenever an alleged fraud crosses state lines, uses a federal system or involves bilking a federal program, the federal government may investigate and press charges. Federal fraud charges are serious and penalties, which usually depend on the amount prosecutors can prove was defrauded, can be extensive.
Philadelphia Federal Fraud Lawyer
An aggressive Philadelphia federal fraud charges lawyer can point out the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, show the reasonable doubt and explain to the jury why they must acquit. You can hire an experienced criminal defense attorney with experience in the federal courts at Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC to take on your defense. Call us today at (215) 665-1695 to set up a consultation.
We represent those accused of fraud in federal court in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Chester County and throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Medicare and Medicaid Fraud in Pennsylvania
Any federal program that distributes funds or anything of value can be the source of fraud charges for vendors and beneficiaries, including Social Security. Medicare and Medicaid, federal healthcare programs, are a particularly significant source of fraud charges, particularly for health care providers.
It is a crime, under federal law, to knowingly bill for services not performed or products not provided, including billing for appointments the patient missed. Services deemed not medically necessary may also be the source of fraud charges.
For a single instance of Medicare or Medicaid fraud, you may be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $25,000, on top of any other charges, like mail fraud and forgery, that may accompany the charges. However, providers often face multiple counts of fraud, which may result in decades in prison.
Philadelphia Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud Charges
Any attempt to unlawfully gain through deception that uses the U.S. Postal System may be charged as mail fraud. This has been construed to include virtually any alleged fraudulent activity that uses the mail, including the mailing of allegedly fraudulent bills and letters soliciting payment.
Alleged frauds that involve telecommunications systems may be considered wire fraud. This includes the internet. An attempt to defraud using email or internet commerce sites, like eBay or Craigslist, may be charged in federal court as wire fraud. For instance, if you accused of intentionally misrepresenting products you are selling on any internet site, or using email in an effort to deceive, you may face wire fraud charges.
Other Federal Fraud Charges You May Face in Pennsylvania
- Bank Fraud: Banks and other financial institutions are federally regulated institutions, so any attempt to defraud them can be pursued by federal officials.
- Mortgage Fraud: Because the federal government regulates financial institutions, it may also prosecute them if they are accused of violating federal law.
- Tax Evasion: Any alleged attempt to avoid federal income taxes will be prosecuted by the federal government.
All fraud charges have one thing in common: They must be proved by the prosecution beyond reasonable doubt. These charges are tried in federal court, so it’s important to hire a Philadelphia federal arrest lawyer. At Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC, we are licensed and experienced in federal court.
Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC | Philadelphia Federal Fraud Attorney
Federal fraud charges can result in decades of prison time. If you’ve been accused of federal fraud charges, you’ll want an experienced Philly fraud attorney fighting for you. Our lawyers fiercely defend those facing fraud charges in federal court. Call us today at (215) 665-1695 for a consultation.