On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Friday, June 8, 2012
The crime of fraud can involve using computers or the Internet to take money or something else of value from an individual or a corporation. A St. Louis woman recently pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud. The woman worked as an interior designer and has admitted to overbilling numerous clients. The overbilling amounted to more than $1 million.
As individuals face accusations and potential convictions for white collar crimes like fraud, it is important that the accused know their rights and do not let authorities withhold these rights from them.
The United States Constitution gives individuals that are facing criminal charges the right to remain silent. Under that right, they do not have to speak to authorities or answer questions. In addition, the Constitution gives everyone the right to the attorney of their choice. These rights are invoked at the moment the accused requests them and the authorities must respect them.
In this case, the 51-year-old woman is the owner of an interior design company. According to authorities, she admitted to increasing invoices that she received from real estate companies and also to creating fake invoices. She will be sentenced in late September.
If it comes to the point that the accused is going to be sentenced, like this woman, it may be appropriate to negotiate a plea agreement or settlement, if possible. The consequences for fraud do not stop at jail time and monetary fines. A person may also find a conviction could interfere with future professional opportunities. A strong negotiation may help to mitigate some of these consequences.
Source: WFMJ, “St. Louis Interior designer guilty of overbilling,” May 31, 2012