Types of Fraud in North Carolina
The term “fraud” is tossed around on the news frequently. Most people associate fraud with stealing or otherwise misinforming/withholding information from another to obtain a desired result. Fraud is a complex and difficult area of the law. There are many different actions or offenses that fall under the category of fraud and they each need to be considered independently, as they all carry their own penalties and ramifications. Fraud falls within the category of white collar crime. This is a broad category of crimes that are generally nonviolent and are focused primarily on financial gain. Fraud charges can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. The following are four common types of fraud charges one might face in North Carolina.
Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud is a type of fraud that is talked about frequently. Committing credit card fraud is not just using someone else’s credit card without their permission or authorization. Credit card fraud comes in many different forms. Common occurrences include:
- Using a lost/stolen credit or debit card that is not issued to you without permission
- Taking over another’s account with personal information obtained from the account holder
- Cloning a credit/debit card and using it to make purchases
- Applying for a credit card using a name other than your own
Insurance and Healthcare Fraud
With healthcare being such a controversial topic in America currently, healthcare/insurance fraud is always a concern. Committing healthcare fraud includes everything from lying about an injury in order to receive payments from health insurance to claiming another person’s health insurance as your own.
Insurance fraud is more broad than just healthcare fraud. Insurance fraud can be done to anything that you have insurance for, from your car to your home. Examples include purposely setting a fire to receive an insurance settlement or reporting that property was stolen from your home when it really was not.
As technology advances, so do the ways that fraud can happen. “Skimming” is a practice in which a small electronic device is placed near an ATM to read the information from someone’s debit/credit card. These devices capture personal information that can be used to commit fraud. This can also happen at locations other than an ATM, such as a gas station or restaurant.
This type of fraud is commonly discussed in the media. In many cases, someone contacts another person by phone or email and tricks them into providing information to defraud them in some way. Essentially, anytime false information is given in the hopes of receiving personal information is fraud.
Let Our Attorneys Help You Today
As you can see above, there are many forms of fraud to be conscious of in North Carolina. If you have been charged with fraud in Vance, Franklin, Granville, or Warren county, you need an attorney with the skill and knowledge to defend you. The criminal defense attorneys at Hauter Law Firm, PC are here to help you. Fraud charges are taken very seriously in North Carolina and can have serious consequences. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you.