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Why mail fraud is considered a serious offense

Just as in every state, people in Georgia utilize the USPS on a daily basis. While it is generally a very ordinary activity, sometimes the mail is used as a venue to facilitate a crime. Charges for mail fraud are very serious and a conviction can come with stiff financial penalties and prison time. But why might just a small aspect of crime be considered so seriously? 

How does Georgia define fraud?

Issues of fraud most often arise from business transactions in Atlanta. Thus, if and when you find yourself in the position of acting as a broker or agent of another in such a transaction, you should be aware that your actions will be highly scrutinized by those who entrusted you with assets. Any losses (accompanied by your profits) may immediately be met with skepticism and accusations. Defending yourself from allegations of fraud requires that you understand how Georgia defines this offense. 

Allegedly doctored records led to man being accused of fraud

In any fraud case in Atlanta, the central issue may be the establishment of intent. Proving that one committed fraud may require establishing that they engaged in their actions knowing full well of that what they were doing was unlawful and likely to cause harm. Thus, those who perform any sort of financial service may want to maintain meticulous records as the review of such documents may go a long way in establishing that they might have been operating in good faith all along. Conversely, poor record keeping may be seen by some as evidence that one was wanting to conceal their actions from others. 

What role does the IRS play in a fraud investigation?

There are aspects of paying taxes that may reveal illegal activities, and if your tax return prompts questions, you could find yourself the subject of an IRS investigation. According to the IRS, the federal agency conducts investigations, not only into possible tax fraud, but also when there is a suspicion of money laundering and other fraudulent activities.

What constitutes mail fraud?

If you are facing charges of mail fraud in Georgia, it is important you understand the seriousness of the crime. A conviction can result in harsh penalties such as fines and/or jail time, so it is imperative you get legal help right away. Because mail fraud is so broad, there may be some confusion, so it is good to take a look at what constitutes this type of fraud. 

Proving fraudulent intent

Accusations of fraud are often the result of people losing significant amounts of money, property or other forms of wealth in investments or transactions in Atlanta. Given the consequences such losses can bring, the anxiety felt by those that suffer them is understandable. Yet should it justify accusations of wrongdoing? Many come to us here at Conaway & Strickler, PC after having been accused of fraud surprised that their actions have been perceived in such a way. If you find yourself in a similar scenario, you will be pleased to know that the unfortunate outcome of a monetary investment alone does not constitute fraud. 

Billing practices that could lead to health care fraud charges

Health care providers with private practices in Georgia may encounter many situations where failing to follow proper procedure when it comes to billing could land them in hot water. In fact, as Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute explains that certain actions could be health care fraud

Cryptocurrency and allegations of tax fraud

In the digital era, there are all sorts of financial opportunities, such as those involving cryptocurrency. Unfortunately, some people are not familiar with their responsibilities, such as the tax implications of investing in cryptocurrency. In fact, legal obligations related to these investments can be unclear because this form of currency is relatively new. However, people who fail to report profits after cashing out might find themselves in hot water. In Atlanta, and across all of Georgia, it is essential for you to understand your obligations if you are a cryptocurrency investor and carefully review the details of your case if you are facing charges.

Tax filing season and fraud charges

During any time of year, people are accused of internet-related offenses. However, with there are certain times when charges such as tax fraud arise far more often. Sometimes, people are falsely accused of tax fraud and the allegations catch them completely off-guard. In other instances, the details surrounding a person's case may be exaggerated or certain elements may be made up. For people facing these charges, carefully going over each and every option is paramount since these accusations can have a significant impact on one's life. In Atlanta, and all over the state of Georgia, many people feel stressed out and unsure about their case, but closely reviewing the situation may provide some peace of mind.

Addressing allegations of fraud

When allegations of fraud surface, it is pivotal to make sure you immediately evaluate your options. These charges can bring serious consequences, extending beyond time in prison and costly financial penalties. In fact, your reputation could be damaged beyond repair and the charges could haunt you for years to come. Whether you have been accused of mail fraud, tax fraud, or any other form of fraud, the way in which you handle this situation could have a significant impact on your future. Our law office understands the uncertainty and anxiety that fraud charges can bring for people in Atlanta and across the whole state of Georgia, but this is no time to give up.

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