Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Fraud Scheming Charge Lawyer

Florida Statute 817.034 defines Organized Scheme to Defraud as a person:

  • Engaging 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.

A case involving an organized scheme to defraud is usually presented to the state attorney’s office Economic Crimes Unit.  These cases are generally reviewed extensively by prosecutors and detectives prior to filing charges.  If you are reading this, you or someone you know has been charged with, or is under investigation for Organized Scheme to Defraud in Florida.

Anyone facing these serious charges needs to retain experienced, knowledgeable and accessible legal representation to ensure their rights are protected.  The fact that police are investigating a possible organized scheme to defraud is usually not a secret.  Like most fraud cases, the detectives may make their investigation known, and will seek to “interview” potential defendants to get them to make a statement against their interest.

An Organized Scheme to Defraud is a “systematic and ongoing course of conduct” intended to defraud one or more persons by false or fraudulent pretenses to obtain property from one or more persons or businesses.  Organized Scheme to Defraud cases are prosecuted by experienced and aggressive state attorneys.  If you are charged you will be facing a possible prison sentence, fines and potential for long periods of probation.

Three Levels to Organized Scheme to Defraud

Fraud involving a total value of property allegedly stolen less than $20,000.00

3rd Degree Felony Punishable up to:

      • Maximum 5 years in prison
      • Maximum 5 years of probation
      • Maximum $5,000.00 fine
      • Restitution to the alleged victims

Fraud involving a total value of property allegedly stolen more than $20,000.00 but less than $50,000.00:

2nd Degree Felony Punishable up to:

      • Maximum 15 years in prison
      • Maximum 15 years of probation
      • Maximum $10,000.00 fine
      • Restitution to the alleged victims

Fraud involving a total value of property allegedly stolen less than $20,000.00:

1st Degree Felony Punishable up to:

      • Maximum 30 years in prison
      • Maximum 30 years of probation
      • Maximum $1,000.00 fine
      • Restitution to the alleged victims

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Fraud Scheme Attorney

The state attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you intended to defraud another person.  Hiring an attorney as soon as possible will help you start to build your defense and work toward a speedy resolution to your charges.  The only goal we have is to work as hard as possible to achieve a positive result for our clients cases.

Aggressive prosecutors and judges need to be met by an equally aggressive and knowledgeable attorney.  Grant Schwarz has the knowledge and experience to properly defend your Scheme to Defraud case.  Call today for a free consultation.  Former Prosecutor and Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Grant Schwarz at the Office of Dell & Schaefer can start building a defense for you today!


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