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Attorney for Economic Crimes in Tampa, FL

The attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm represent clients under investigation for economic crimes or identity theft. We also advise businesses when they suspect that an employee, vendor or contractor is engaged in a theft from the company. In many cases, an attorney representing the business during the criminal investigation can help the business recoup restitution that would otherwise go uncollected.

If your case involves an economic crime in Tampa, Hillsborough County or the surrounding areas of Florida then call a white collar crime attorney in Tampa, FL, at the Sammis Law Firm. We represent clients in a variety of cases involving economic and white collar crimes at both the state and federal level. Call to schedule a free consultation with a qualified attorney today.

Definition of Economic Crimes

Economic crimes, specifically identity thefts, are the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Economic crimes impact financial institutions and innocent individuals. Identity theft is used as a tool by terrorists and other criminals in an attempt to evade the law. Law enforcement agencies have found that the best way to approach any economic crime is to follow the money trail.

Jurisdiction in these cases depends on where the illegal act occurred and who the actual victims are. A victim can include a person who suffers the actual or potential loss, but suffering a loss is not necessarily required to be considered a victim. Local law enforcement agencies, including the Tampa Police Department, record criminal complaints, assist victims by contacting other relevant investigative and consumer protection agencies, as well as work with federal, state and local enforcement agencies to identify and apprehend violators.

Types of Economic Crimes and Identity Theft

The economic crimes divisions of local law enforcement agencies investigate a wide variety of economic crimes including:

  • Depositing Worthless Item with Intent to Defraud under (F.S.§832.05[3]): Depositing counterfeit, stolen or other worthless checks for the purpose of fraudulently increasing the dollar amount posted to the account to which the individual then removes the monies before the financial institution discovers the checks are fraudulent.
  • Forgery under (F.S.§831.01): Whoever falsely makes (counterfeits), alters, forges an official public record, document or payment instrument, with intent to injure or to defraud.
  • Forgery of a Credit Card under (F.S.§817.60[6]): Any person who: with intent to defraud a purported issuer or a person or organization providing money, goods, services, or anything of value; or any other person; falsely makes, embosses, or alters in any manner a credit card or utters such a credit card or who, with intent to defraud, has a counterfeit credit card or any invoice, voucher, sales draft, or other representation or manifestation of a counterfeit credit card in his/her possession, custody or control.
  • Forged or Fake Driver’s License / Identification Cards under (F.S.§ 322.212): It is unlawful (felony) for anyone to knowingly possess or display any blank, forged, counterfeit, stolen, fictitious or unlawfully issued driver’s license or identification card or any instrument resembling or representing a driver’s license or identification card.
  • Driver’s License (Making or Possession of Material to Make) under (F.S.§831.29): It is unlawful for any person to make or have materials or instruments intending to make counterfeit driver’s license or identification cards.
  • Fraudulent Use of Credit Card under (F.S. §817.61): The use of credit cards, ATM cards or debit cards and/or ATM, credit debit account numbers, that are stolen, altered, forged, counterfeit or obtained through fraud, resulting in the theft of money, merchandise or services.
  • Counterfeit Payment Instruments under F.S.§831.28): It is unlawful for any person to have in their possession a counterfeit payment instrument or to counterfeit a payment instrument with the intent to defraud a financial institution, account holder, any person or organization. These include forged checks, counterfeit bills, deeds, money orders, traveler’s checks, and credit/debit cards.
    • Check Fraud under (F.S. §832.05): Checks that are stolen, altered, forged, or counterfeit, written on a closed account, or that have had payment stopped that are uttered, cashed or deposited resulting in the theft of money, merchandise or services.
  • Financial Scams and Cons under (F.S. §812.014 or F.S.§817.034): Commonly referred to as “Bank Examiner” scam, “Pigeon Drop” scam, “Canadian Lottery” scam, “Spanish Lottery” scam and “Nigerian Fraud” scam.
    • Advanced Fee Scheme under F.S.§817.034): The deceiving a victim into parting with their monies by convincing them that they will receive a substantial financial benefit in return for providing some modest payment to be made in advance.
  • Elderly Exploitation under F.S.§825.103: Knowingly, by deception or intimidation, obtaining or using, or endeavoring to obtain or use an elderly person’s funds or assets with intent to temporarily or permanently deprive that person of the use, benefit or possession of those assets by a person who: (a) stands in a position of trust and confidence with the elderly person; (b) has a business relationship with the elderly person; or (c) exploits an elderly person who lacks capacity to consent.

Attorneys for Economic Crimes in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL

If you are under investigation for an economic crime in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. We represent clients in a wide range of white collar crimes, many of them involving economic crimes or identity theft. Call (813) 250-0500 to speak to an attorney today about your case.