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If you have been looking for a fraud lawyer because you’ve been charged with fraud, such as check fraud or forgery, Patterson Weaver should be the first place you call. We have years of experience with both misdemeanor and felony cases in Colorado Springs and nearby communities. We will work to get you the best possible outcome by trying to dismiss or reduce your charges or minimize your sentence.
Our goal is to help you put the case behind you as quickly as possible, with the least amount of damage to your life. Reach out to Patterson Weaver today via our convenient online form or by calling 719-264-9858 for a free case evaluation on how we can assist you.
What Is Fraud?
In Colorado, fraud is the intentional misrepresentation of facts, which can be perpetrated in a number of ways, according to fraud statutes CRS 18-5-101 through CRS 18-5-905 in the Colorado criminal code.
Fraud can be committed by words or by conduct, by making false or misleading allegations, or by concealing something that should have been disclosed.
Fraud involves inducing someone to act on these falsehoods in a way that results in injury or damages. One common type of fraud is occupational fraud, where someone uses their job for personal enrichment by misusing or misapplying employer assets or resources. There are three types of occupational fraud:
- Asset misappropriation: theft or use of money or supplies
- Corruption: using influence for personal benefit
- Financial statement fraud: misstating or omitting information on documents
Common Types of Fraud Charges
To reiterate, fraud involves intentionally misrepresenting facts for personal gain. Usually, fraud entails financial reward for the perpetrator. There are many types of fraud. Some common types of fraud include identity theft, mail fraud, insurance fraud, workers compensation fraud, money wiring scams, medical identity theft, credit card/debit card fraud, telemarketing fraud, tax evasion, check fraud, and forgery.
Check Fraud - CRS 18-5-205
Check fraud is the act of writing a check when you know you have insufficient funds in your account to cover the amount of the check. This can include a payroll check to an employee, a rent check, or a check to pay for goods or services. This particular kind of fraud is outlined in Colorado Revised Statute 18-5-205 of the criminal code.
This type of fraud doesn’t include accidentally “bouncing” a check due to insufficient funds or writing a post-dated check; the keyword here is “intentional,” as in you intend to defraud the payee of the check. Often, bad check writing is part of a larger scheme and is performed on a regular basis. Whether check fraud is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony is based on the amount of the check. Typically, a check over $1,000 falls in the felony category. Check fraud is the most common kind of fraud charged in the state of Colorado.
Forgery - CRS 18-5-102
Forgery, as defined by Colorado Revised Statute 18-5-102, is another type of fraud frequently charged in the state of Colorado. Forgery can involve making or using all kinds of false documents, including, but not limited to these items:
- Stocks and bonds
- Promissory notes
- Public records
- Transportation tokens, transfers, and certificates
- Lottery tickets
- Identification documents
- Unemployment insurance applications using a false Social Security number
- Letters of reference or recommendation
- Tax returns
- Educational transcripts
It is also a crime to own equipment or tools used in producing forgeries.
Like in the case of fraud, a conviction for forgery can follow you for the rest of your life. It can be difficult or even impossible to find a job or dwelling because of trust issues. Therefore, it’s essential that if fraud or forgery charges have been brought against you that you seek experienced counsel immediately.
Most types of forgery are considered a class 5 felony, which can result in steep fines and/or sentencing to prison in the Department of Corrections.
Is Fraud a Federal or a State Crime?
You may be wondering if fraud or forgery is a federal or state crime. The answer is: It depends. In some cases, petty fraud may only be a state crime. There are some types of fraud that are always considered a federal crime because of their nature involving government entities or multiple states, such as bank fraud, tax fraud, securities fraud, wire fraud, and Medicaid/Medicare fraud.
You can also be charged with fraud or forgery as both a state and a federal crime. The seriousness of many fraud charges makes it imperative that you contact a seasoned fraud lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case and get the legal protection you deserve.
Fraud Attorneys with Years of Experience
Patterson Weaver Law are Colorado attorneys with years of experience litigating fraud and forgery cases. You won’t find a better fraud lawyer when it comes to fighting for your rights and trying to mitigate the effects of your case on the rest of your life.
Managing Attorney Patterson Weaver is a former prosecutor with a track record of court wins as a defense attorney. The firm’s case results include outstanding settlements, dismissals, deferred sentencing, acquittals, probation, and sealed cases to protect the reputations of the clients involved.
At Patterson Weaver, we use the same method when approaching every criminal case:
- Comprehensive case analysis and research
- Straightforward explanation of the legal process
- Assessment of the case’s strengths and weaknesses
- Responsive communication
- Effective negotiation
- Aggressive and experienced trial defense
Call Our Colorado Springs Fraud Defense Lawyer for Help
If you’ve been charged with fraud or forgery in the Colorado Springs area, or if one of your loved ones has been charged, don’t wait to reach out to Patterson Weaver. We are here to offer you the same stellar legal service that has earned our firm rave reviews from dozens of clients who were thrilled with the outcomes in their cases.
Give us a call today at (719) 215-8049 or get in touch via our easy online form. When your life and your future are on the line, Patterson Weaver will have your back.