Identity Theft: People do what they think they need to do to make ends meet. However, if a person commits a crime, even a non-violent crime, he or she may end up in serious legal trouble. This can even result in significant time behind bars. This is what one woman and her brother are facing after being arrested for insurance fraud in Georgia.
The United States tax system is designed for the benefit of all citizens and taxpayers. The funds collected from taxes help to pay for many social services and the infrastructure necessary to maintain society. There are a number of laws aimed at maintaining the integrity of the tax system, and violating tax laws can result in criminal charges. This is what one couple is facing after they were charged with tax fraud in federal court inGeorgia.
Medicaid fraud, one of many white collar crimes, is a serious issue, and prosecutors will typically waste no time in seeking convictions. A Georgia woman, who is the owner of the Brighter Futures Learning Center, has been arrested for insurance fraud. Authorities believe that she illegally billed over $300,000 in services that were never rendered.
White collar crimes can affect individuals both legally and personally if they are convicted of the charges. Some of the most common infractions for which Georgia prosecutors seek convictions are tax fraud and identity theft. Throughout the years, millions of people have become victims of fraudulent tax filings, which has led to the arrest of suspects involved in tax rings. However, just because someone has been formally charged does not necessarily mean that are automatically guilty.
The government is getting aggressive in its fight against fraud and identity theft cases. See Tax Return Preparer Convicted of Identity Theft as an example. At Conaway & Strickler, we have handled many identity theft and fraud cases. A criminal identity theft case can begin in many ways, such as being arrested trying to cash a fraudulent check at the bank. Or, a person could be pulled over for a traffic infraction. Once pulled over, a search by the police may turn up multiple IDs, multiple credit cards, etc. The arrest may begin at the state level, but the fe ds then work to build a federal case against you while they have you stuck under the conditions of a bond. The biggest piece of advice we can offer if that person is you is DON'T SAY ANYTHING. There are potential motions we could argue that could benefit your case. The more statements one makes, the more information the government gains. Contact Conaway & Strickler ASAP so that we can guide you to a positive resolution to your case.