Fraud / Worthless Checks If you pass a check that you have reasonable knowledge will not clear the bank, or if you write a check on a closed account you could face a worthless check charge. Though common, the penalty for worthless checks is anything but light. Worthless checks is a 1st degree misdemeanor charge that carries a potential sentence of up to 1 year in jail and fines up to $1,000. However, if there are multiple checks that add up to more than $150 or the value of a single worthless check is over $150 you will face 3rd degree felony charges and a potential sentence of up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $10,000. Fl. Stat. §832.05

If you have stopped payment with an intent to defraud despite receiving something of value in exchange for it, it is a 2nd degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and fines up to $500. However, if the value of the check(s) in question is more than $150, you could be facing charges of a felony in the 3rd degree which carries a potential penalty of up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Fl. Stat. §832.041

If you make false statements to obtain property or credit to your financial situation or otherwise, you will face a 1st degree misdemeanor offense that carries a potential sentence of up to 1 year in prison and fines up to $1,000. This includes lying on credit applications. Fl. Stat. §817.03

Identity theft is another category that falls into this category. The statute makes it illegal to use such things as social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and other identifying information for fraudulent purposes. If you use, or even possess someone else’s identifying information without their consent you can be charged with a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $10,000. If you use the information for gain and the value gained is more than $5,000, your charge can be elevated to a 2nd degree felony. A second degree felony carries a potential sentence of 30 years in prison and fines up to $10,000. With this offense you will serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years in prison. F. Stat. §817.568