Theft by Fraud
2 years ago by Brian
While theft by fraud may not be your typical theft as in stealing a car or shoplifting, it is still theft in the eyes of Minnesota laws. If you are facing charges for theft by fraud, you need a skilled attorney on your side who can work towards getting you the best outcome possible.
Theft isn’t always something that happens in secrecy. Sometimes, it can happen right before people’s eyes. Even still, the burden of proof lies with the state to convict someone of a theft crime. If you are being charged with theft by fraud, you need a seasoned Woodbury theft crimes lawyer to help you maintain your innocence and fight the case that the state has against you. The sooner you hire such an attorney, the sooner they can go to work for you to decrease your consequences or even have the charges dropped.
Example of Theft by Fraud in Minnesota
Theft by deception requires the intent to defraud, and inherent in the intent requirement is that a deceiver must act affirmatively to defraud another. Fraud means intentional deception. If you deceive someone into thinking that they should take a particular course of action by tricking them and you benefit from their action, this is theft by fraud.
For example, you call up somebody, and you tell them that you can arrange for them to win some type of monetary award if they send a $400 registration fee so that their award can be sent to them. The individual believes that by sending in the registration fee they will get a benefit. However, there is no monetary award or benefit. They are just sending in their $400, which you take. This would be theft by fraud or deception.
Consequences of Theft by Fraud
In Minnesota, the consequences of theft by fraud will depend on the value of the property or services involved. A conviction of theft by fraud could cost you thousands of dollars and several years in jail. Many of those facing these or similar charges in the Minneapolis area, turn to a knowledgeable Woodbury theft crimes attorney at JS Defense for help.
If you are convicted of fraud of greater than $35,000 in value, you can receive up to 20 years in jail or a fine of no more than $100,000. In cases where the amount swindled is more than $5,000 but less than $35,000, a conviction could cost you ten years in jail and/or a fine of up to $20,000. If the value of the property or services defrauded is between $1,000 and $5,000, it is discretionary by the court, but it is possible only to receive five years in jail and a fine of not more than $10,000.
Call a Woodbury Theft Crimes Lawyer Today
Even though theft by fraud is different from other types of fraud, the consequences are no less serious. To help clear you of your charges, we offer free consultations with an experienced Woodbury theft crimes attorney at JS Defense, PA. Call (651) 968-9652 or contact us online to schedule yours today. We help clients within Minnesota, St.-Paul, and Woodbury with their criminal charges.