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What To Do If You’re Being Investigated for Fraud

On behalf of Randall & Stump, PLLC in Criminal Defense on Thursday, March 28, 2019

 

Fraud cases can be difficult to prove. As such, law enforcement agents tend to investigate these crimes carefully before filing formal charges. They want to make a strong case, and any actions you take or statements you make while under investigation – even if completely innocent – can help build their case, or confirm their belief that you are guilty.

If you’re being investigated for fraud, Randall & Stump, PLLC can help. We’ll provide you with an aggressive defense and fight for you to obtain a fair result. If you’d like to speak with one of our Charlotte fraud defense attorneys about your case, call us at (980) 237-4579, or complete the online contact form to schedule a free case consultation.

Understand that You May Be A Suspect

If you have any significant connection to the fraud case, it is highly likely that you may be a suspect. The police are not obligated to inform you that you are a suspect and are likely to suggest the opposite, in order to get you to incriminate yourself or hand over information you are not obligated to provide to help them prove their case.

Be Careful About What You Say

If you do speak with the police, be very careful about what you say. You do not want to incriminate yourself or give law enforcement further reason to suspect that fraud has been committed, or that you are involved. On the other hand, you do not want to lie to the police either, as they will use this against you.

You also want to be careful when speaking with other potential suspects or witnesses if you are under investigation for fraud. A harmless conversation can quickly be mischaracterized as an attempt at intimidation or coercion.

Be Careful About What You Do

As unfair as it may sound, everything that you do is under intense scrutiny when you are being investigated for fraud. You need to think about whether your actions will be perceived as an attempt to hide evidence of wrongdoing, or as confirmation that you engaged in fraud. Go about your day as you normally would, but try to avoid doing anything out of the ordinary, including:

  • Making a major purchase
  • Liquidating or selling any major assets
  • Changing the title or ownership of any major assets

In general, you want to go about things in a regular manner in order to avoid further scrutiny.

Hire a Charlotte Fraud Attorney

If you are being investigated for fraud, the best thing you can do is hire a lawyer. You do not have to wait until you have been charged. An attorney can help you deal with investigators and make sure you don’t do anything to help them make your case. Meanwhile, your lawyer can also help you understand the case against you and build a strong defense in the event that the police formally file charges.

Contact Our Charlotte Fraud Defense Attorneys for Help

If you’re under investigation for fraud, you should hire an experienced criminal defense as soon as possible. Don’t wait to hire a lawyer because you’re worried that it makes you look guilty. Once the charges are filed, time is not on your side. At Randall & Stump, PLLC, we have the knowledge and experience to fight for you to get a fair result. To schedule a free and confidential evaluation of your case, contact us today at (980) 237-4579.