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Proving good faith

Listen to any case involving a charge of fraud of New York, and you will likely hear some form of the word “intentional” used multiple times. Many of those that we here at Sapone and Petrillo LLP have helped over the years have come to us with concerns that their legitimate business intentions would be mistaken for fraudulent activity. Fortunately, the law does not totally leave you at the mercy of one who might accuse you of alleged illegal activity. Your intent plays a big role in determining whether or not charges may be warranted in such a case.

Defining mail fraud

The word “fraud” is often used in a general sense to describe any activity in which one tries to deceive another in an attempt to secure a financial gain. However, there are actually several different types of fraud whose classification depends on the type of medium or method used to perpetuate a scheme. One of the more common is mail fraud, an offense that can carry with it severe penalties such as incarceration, as well as fines and restitution which can be up to $1 million in certain situations.

How common are immigration offenses?

While there are many criminal offenses that are well-known in New York, such as drunk driving and embezzlement, there are others you may have never heard of that are just as common. One of the fastest-growing types of federal crimes is immigration crimes, something that is becoming a bigger problem each year as more and more foreigners seek to make the United States their home.

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