In short, fraud is theft. It is the taking of money or valuables from one or more victims for one’s own personal gain. The difference between fraud and other types of theft is how it is conducted. In a shoplifting case, items are simply taken from a retailer. In a fraud case, victims are deceived into giving their money or goods to the offender.
Fraud happens across the United States, even in cities and towns where it might not be expected, like Neenah and Appleton. One notable example is the recent case of Travis L. Zielinski, an Appleton man who was found guilty of bank fraud. Innocent individuals can also be charged with fraud and potentially face severe consequences if they are found guilty. If you are facing a fraud charge, or if you believe your business has been defrauded, you need to take it seriously and work with an experienced attorney to represent your case.
There are many different ways an individual can commit an act of fraud. Examples of types of fraud include the following:
Whenever money, valuables, or information that can help the offender access either of these is taken through deceptive measures, the offender has committed fraud. Some acts of fraud are more blatant than others, but if there is an element of deception to how he or she obtains something of value from the victim, it is a crime.
If you have been charged with any type of fraud, or if you believe your business has been defrauded, you need to work with an experienced attorney to protect your rights in court. A strong strategy is the only way to have your charge lowered or dismissed – or to recover any damages you may have suffered as a result of the fraud. To learn more about how we can help, contact our team of experienced Appleton business and civil litigation attorneys at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC today to set up your initial legal consultation with our firm.