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Credit Card Fraud

Our experienced federal criminal attorneys handle federal credit card fraud cases throughout the state of New York and the United States. If you have been charged with credit card fraud, you should contact a skilled federal criminal defense lawyer right away to protect your rights and your reputation. If there is any indication that you might be suspected of a crime, do not give a statement to the police or discuss the matter with anyone. Instead, contact a lawyer right away to minimize the likelihood that you will be charged.

Innocent people can be convicted of a crime. It can happen to you, your friends, or your family members. If you are suspected of a crime, you should be cautious and contact a skilled federal defense attorney for assistance.

The Credit Card Fraud Act (18 U.S.C. § 1029) was enacted in 1984 in response to significant increases in criminal activity involving credit cards. 18 U.S.C. § 1029(a) criminalizes (1) the use of counterfeit “access devices”; (2) the use of unauthorized access devices where during a 1-year period “anything of value” aggregating $1,000 or more is obtained; (3) the knowing possession of 15 or more counterfeit or unauthorized access devices; and (4) the knowing possession or use of device-making equipment. Congress enacted the Credit Card Fraud Act to expand the reach of federal jurisdiction in combating credit crimes.

Credit card fraud goes hand in hand with aggravated identity theft. The term “aggravated identity theft offenses” refers to the offense established at 18 U.S.C. § 1028A (aggravated identity theft). Elements of the aggravated identity theft offense are the following: (1) the defendant knowingly possessed a means of identification of another person; (2) the defendant knew that the means of identification belonged to another person; (3) the defendant knew that he was without lawful authority to possess the means of identification; and (4) the defendant possessed the means of identification during and in relation to a predicate offense. To satisfy the knowledge element of the offense of aggravated identity theft, the government must prove that the defendant knew that the means of identification at issue belonged to an actual person.

Aggravated identity theft is a very serious offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of two years imprisonment.

If you or a loved one have been charged with Credit Card Fraud you should contacted a skilled and experienced Federal Criminal Lawyer without delay to ensure that your rights are protected. Our experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers offer free consultations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are available on short notice.

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