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Mortgage Fraud Attorney in Miami
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Mortgage and real estate fraud cases are complex and often involve stacks of financial documents and paper trails. Getting to the bottom of a mortgage fraud case requires a sophisticated knowledge of real estate law, banking, and criminal defense.
If you find yourself under investigation for this serious charge, you will want someone who has experience defending appraisers, real estate companies, buyers and sellers, realtors, appraisers, individual mortgage brokers, and the mortgage companies where they work. If your case is going to a criminal trial in Florida state or federal court, you want to feel confident that it is being handled by an experienced trial lawyer.
Miami mortgage fraud defense attorney Evan Hoffman has won hundreds of criminal jury trials. He personally handles every trial case at The Hoffman Firm. View some of our recent case results to learn more about his victories in white collar crime cases.
The Hoffman Firm is here for you. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 305-928-1669 if your case is out of Miami, 954-737-3004 if your case is out of Broward County, or contacting us online.
Examples of Mortgage Fraud Charges
Since there is no specific statute in federal law for mortgage fraud crimes, prosecutors use an array of existing criminal statutes.
The Hoffman Firm defends the interests of businesses and employees within those businesses who face charges related to mortgage fraud, such as:
- Fake loans and fraudulent signatures on loan documents
- False appraisals
- Fraudulent foreclosure prevention schemes
- Obstruction of justice
- Adjacent charges, like conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, forgery, identity theft, money laundering, and tax evasion
You may have been called to give testimony before a grand jury or have an inkling that you’re being targeted by law enforcement officials for mortgage fraud. This is an important time to reach out to a criminal defense lawyer.
In these fraud investigations, a large dragnet by authorities often catches people with incidental roles. You might have been involved without your consent, as well. It’s easy for someone not to realize that they have incriminated themselves when talking to law enforcement officials.
If you have a dedicated and skilled attorney by your side, it is possible to lessen your charges or have them dropped altogether. Plea deals can be made with prosecutors, too, resulting in less jail time.
Although there is no specific federal statute governing mortgage fraud, prosecutors may use a combination of existing fraud laws including Florida’s mortgage fraud statute.
Florida Code §817.545(2)(a) through (c) states that a person is guilty of mortgage fraud if, with the intent to defraud, he or she knowingly commits any of the following acts:
- Makes any material misstatement, misrepresentation, or omits information during the mortgage lending process with intent that the misrepresentation or omission will be relied upon by a mortgage lender, borrower, or any other party involved in the lending process
- Make omissions with regard to employment, income, or assets; for a loan not requiring this information, this is not a material omission
- Uses or facilitates the use of any material misstatement, misrepresentation, or omits information during the mortgage lending process with intent that the misrepresentation or omission be relied upon by any individual involved in the lending process
- Receives any proceeds or funds connected with the mortgage lending process that the person knew resulted from a violation of section (a) or (b)
- Files or causes a document to be filed with the clerk of the circuit court for any county of Florida involved in the mortgage lending process which contains a material misstatement or omission
Penalties for a Mortgage Fraud Conviction
Penalties for a federal mortgage fraud conviction will vary greatly depending on the amount of money in question, the district court, and a variety of other factors. However, in most cases, a mortgage fraud conviction may result in up to 30 years imprisonment and/or a maximum of $1,000,000 in fines.
How Our Firm Can Help
At The Hoffman Firm, our Miami mortgage fraud defense attorney has received acclaim for his victories in the courtroom and the tenacity with which he fights for his clients. Evan Hoffman will look at your case as a new challenge and will work with you to develop a promising defense.
If you have been charged with mortgage fraud, you are at risk of lengthy prison time, expensive fees, and losing your freedom altogether. Criminal defense attorney Evan Hoffman can help you get your life back on track.
Schedule your free consultation today by calling 305-928-1669 if your case is out of Miami, 954-737-3004 if your case is out of Broward County, or contacting us online. Don’t face your charges without help from an experienced Miami criminal defense lawyer.
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