Scheme to Defraud
Scheme to defraud is a form of criminal conspiracy and constitutes a felony offense consisting of both criminal fraud and criminal conspiracy.
Fraud occurs when any person attempts to obtain funds or property from another person through dishonest or otherwise fraudulent means. Scheme to defraud is charged and punished under two subcategories: communications fraud, and organized fraud.
Communications fraud occurs when any person uses electronic or written communications to further a scheme to defraud another person.
Organized fraud occurs when the accused actually obtains property or funds from their scheme. It does not require them to have used communications technology.Miami-Dade County Scheme to Defraud Crimes Defense Attorney
The state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you have done what they are accusing you of. If you have been charged with an offense in the Miami-Dade area, you need a lawyer like Evan Hoffman on your side in order to secure your freedom.
If you have been charged with a scheme to defraud offense, call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090, or complete the online form to schedule your free consultation. This firm serves clients located in Miami-Dade County and surrounding areas.
Scheme to Defraud Crimes under Florida Law
Under Florida Statute 817.034, the crime Scheme to Defraud is committed when a person:
- Engages in a systematic, ongoing course of conduct; With the intent to defraud or obtain property from one or more persons;
- By false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises, or willful misrepresentations of a future act.
In order to sustain a charge of a scheme to defraud, the state must prove that the accused had the intent to defraud another person, and that they willfully misrepresented themselves to that individual.
This is a high bar for the state to meet. They must prove an intention, which requires hard evidence rather than conjecture. If you or a loved one have been charged with a scheme to defraud, it’s important that you contact an attorney immediately.
Act immediately; call The Hoffman Firm and defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman at (305) 249-0090. Let him put his knowledge to work for you.
This firm services clients in Miami, North Miami, Palm Beach, and neighboring counties.