Los Angeles Retailer Credit Card Fraud Defense Attorneys
When a retailer, whether a small business or individual, engages in a debit or credit card transaction that defrauds vendors, customers, or banks, it is a crime. Depending on the amount involved, the charges may be filed as a misdemeanor or felony.
At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP in Los Angeles, our skilled legal team is known for legal excellence in defending financial crimes, and for achieving a remarkable level of success in serious financial crime cases. When you choose us to represent your case, you will receive knowledgeable guidance, advice, and the assistance of a team whose ultimate goal is to achieve the best possible results. Call our law office today at (213) 688-0460 to speak to a member of our team in a free consultation.
When a retailer runs credit card transactions in a way that defrauds anyone from customers to vendors, it is considered retailer credit card fraud. For example, if you own a company, alter a credit card, and use it to purchase items from your own company, this one example of retailer credit card fraud. It is a crime that may also be committed if you work at a store and ring up several items for a friend, despite knowing that the card is counterfeit. To be convicted of this crime, the person or company must have the intent to commit financial fraud.
The value of the loss will dictate the charges you might face. If this loss is valued at $950 or less, you will be charged with a misdemeanor and, if convicted, you could spend up to 6 months in county jail and $1,000 in fines. If the value is more than $950, the charges will be filed as a felony. A conviction can result in up to 3 years in California state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
The value of the losses involved in your case is not dependent on one transaction. If you engaged in a series of fraudulent actions within any 6-month period that exceeded the $950 threshold, you may face felony grand theft charges.
As with many similar cases, the most effective defense strategies focus on the intent of the individual. The prosecution must prove that you were intentionally deceitful to achieve a conviction. For example, if a customer gave you a credit card to pay for their goods, it could be argued you had no reason to suspect the card was not legitimate. In some cases, it may be argued that the defendant involved was not a retailer or that the accusations were false. Every case has unique facts, and the first step is a full review of the facts and evidence to determine how to best proceed with defending against these charges.
If you are being charged with retailer credit card fraud in Los Angeles, the legal team at Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP in Los Angeles can provide support, guidance, and advice you need to navigate this dangerous legal situation. We understand that this is a stressful time, which is why we are committed to ensuring our clients are supported. You can expect us to answer your questions and give you clarity in a very challenging situation. Do not hesitate to reach out to our Los Angeles credit card fraud lawyers. Call us today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about what we can do to assist you.
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