The term fraud can cover a large range of offenses and the charges associated with fraud can be complex and can lead to additional charges. All fraud charges are serious and will require legal council. Under the penal code section 528-539 fraud can be defined as and charged for a number of reasons.
Some cases of fraud to be defined by the code is, any or every person who falsely personates another. If the impersonator marries or pretends to marry another with or without the agreement of the other is guilty of a felony, leading to severe and expensive fines and jail terms. Any person who knowingly and without consent impersonates another in any way, including over the internet, for the purpose of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding another person. This type of fraud can lead to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars and imprisonment in county jail not exceeding one year, or both. In addition to any other penalties a person who suffers damages or loss can bring civil action against the violator for compensatory damages. Fraud can be charged for any person who falsely personates another in a private or official capacity. Fraud charges will be issued for any who verifies, publishes, acknowledges, or proves, in someone else name. In this case the accused will be prosecuted, penalized, and may be liable to pay damages accrued by said fraud, and a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars and one year of imprisonment. Charges of fraud can be given to every person who manufactures, produces, sells, offers, or transfers to another any document purported to be either a certificate of birth or certificate of baptism, knowing such document to be false or counterfeit and with the intent to deceive. Any person who offers, displays, or possesses any false certificate of identification, or attempts to conceal true identity. Falsifying any documentation which would have been issued by the department of motor vehicles. This type of fraud can result in fines not exceeding one thousand dollars and one year of imprisonment. If the document in question is a government-issued identification card or document the penalty the fine associated can be but will not exceed five thousand dollars. Any person who is in possession of said document will be charged with a misdemeanor and fine no less then one thousand dollars and not exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars. Every person who falsely personates another with the intent to receive any money or property, intended to be delivered to the lawful individual is punishable in the same manner and to the same extent as for larceny of the money or property lost or received. Most fraud charges including intent is punishable by fines and jail time. Most civil fraud is considered to be a situation in which a bad-faith intent is perpetrated. This type of fraud will result in charges that would return the victim to their original status, before the fraud was committed. Some types of fraud are, bankruptcy fraud, tax fraud, identity theft, insurance fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud, credit or debit fraud, telemarketing fraud, and wire fraud. Every case of fraud can result in major fines, imprisonment, or both. With such sever penalties finding a good lawyer and legal council is highly recommend.
Marya Garcia is a local San Diego lawyer with capabilities to serve cases dealing with fraud among many other services such as; Alien Smuggling, Battery, Domestic Violence, Drugs, DUI, Fraud, Sexual Abuse and Theft.