Fraud Law in Arizona

fraud lawFraud Schemes is a crime that has many subcategories; in the state of Arizona, Fraud Schemes ranges from simple check frauds to complex white-collar fraud crimes. There is one common denominator in these crimes, and that is paper. Thousands of pages of evidence can seriously make such cases a nightmare, especially for the defense. Everything must be read carefully and with attention, because sometimes the crucial information may be on the very last page. And what is not so great is the fact that the government might not even read every document; this is why the attorney must always be well-prepared and know every little fact.

Fraud schemes are A.R.S. 13-2310. In other words, any person who takes part in a scheme or artifice to defraud knowingly receives any benefit by means of false or fraudulent acts, representations, promises, or material omissions is guilty of a class 2 felony.

Forgery and fraud offenses in Arizona can bring you jail time up to two and a half years if you are a first time offender.

Credit card theft

If you take someone else’s credit card without their permission, you face the risk of being guilty of this offense. If you hold or possess someone else’s credit card as a debt security or sell the credit card with the intention to defraud, you will be charged.

Credit card theft is considered a Class 5 felony and can get you time in prison for one and a half years if you are a first time offender. The offense still applies even if you don’t purchase anything with the credit card.

Fraudulent use of a credit card

If you use a credit card or you receive anything that was illegally purchased with the credit card (even if you did not know that), you can face charges. The sentence will depend on the value of the items that were bought.

You do not have to use the credit card to face the charges. Even if your close friend or relative has stolen a credit card and buys you anything with it, you can still be charged.

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Forgery

If you tried to made or altered a written document or you owned a falsified document, and you tried to pass it as legitimate, you will be charged with forgery.

Forgery is a Class 4 felony and can bring you up to four and a half years in prison if you are a first time offender.

Obtaining a signature by deception in Arizona

This act is considered a misdemeanor, but it is of the highest level under Arizona State Law.

If you obtain someone else’s signature with the intention to exclude, misrepresent, or defraud any information, you will be charged with Class 1 misdemeanor.

Obtaining a signature by deception brings prison time of six months and fines of $2500 and applicable restitution.

Identity Theft

Arizona is the state with the highest amount of identity theft cases. The identity crimes are nationally recognized, and Arizona’s general attorney and the judiciary are known to prosecute and sentence such cases quite harshly. The entire extent of the law is used for such crimes.

This crime is considered a Class 4 felony and can put you in jail for two and a half years if you are a first time offender. You will have additional charges for fraudulent activity, as well.