Credit Card Fraud Defined
Credit card fraud refers to any form of fraud involving credit cards. The manner in which this can occur varies widely and can include the following:
- Falsely reporting purchases as unauthorized to have the money credited to your account
- Appling for a credit card using stolen credit card information
- Using a stolen credit card by posing as the cardholder
- As a merchant or an agent, charging purchases to credit cards without cardholder consent
It is important to note one may be arrested whether or not an actual fraud occurred. Executing a plan designed to defraud is enough for fraud charges to be filed. If you are facing such charges, a criminal defense lawyer should be your first port of call.
What are the consequences and who can help?
Credit card fraud is a serious matter and can result in heavy penalties, especially when incorporating other charges. For example, if you falsely sign a credit card slip as another, this can be charged as forgery. Posing as another in order to gain something of value, in this case the purchases made or the available credit itself, constitutes
identity theft. The frequency and magnitude of the operation will also have an effect on the severity of charges and possible penalties.
At Martinian & Associates, we will energetically investigate all facets of your case and work to uncover facts that may be used in your favor. We will build the strongest defense possible and endeavor to beat the charges against you as early in the proceedings as possible. Our knowledge and experience will be put to use to zealously defend your rights and freedom.