Fraud, forgery, schemes and scams are some of the most common types of crimes committed in the Phoenix metro area. Suspects can face these types of charges for engaging in fraudulent activity either online or offline, in stores or over the Internet. With the recent increase in Internet activity and shopping as a result of the recent holiday, acts of criminal fraud and forgery acts have also been known to increase. As such, it is important to understand the types of charges associated with different theft crimes and white collar crimes in Arizona.
Identity theft can be considered a class four felony under Arizona law. This type of theft occurs when an individual steals someone else’s personal information without permission or knowledge. Information can be stolen via the Internet, through e-mail, or even by using regular snail mail.
Forgery can also be charged as a class four felony, and can occur when someone defrauds another person by falsely making, completing, or altering a written object. It can also occur when someone owns a false instrument or provides another person with a forged object or information. For example, one of the most common types of forgery is when a suspect constructs and/or uses counterfeit cash or checks.
Theft of a credit card can be considered a class five felony, and those facing criminal accusations for fraudulent use of a credit card are looking at a class one misdemeanor. For example, let’s say Suzy gave Tom the pin number to her debit card because she needed him to help with some grocery shopping. However, after Tom used her debit card to buy the requested groceries, he also used the card to withdraw cash from Suzy’s account even though he was not given permission to do so. Tom could now face charges for theft of a credit card under Arizona law.
Fraud schemes and scams are generally charged as class two felonies. Individuals in Arizona risk being accused of fraud schemes and scams if they provide false information with the intent to gain the credit card, debit card, or cash of victims for their own personal use. People who sell false products via the internet to obtain a victim’s card information or cash can face these criminal charges for fraud schemes and scams in court.
Authorities are cracking down on identity theft, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of credit cards, forgery, and fraud schemes. As a result, it would be wise to get assistance from a Phoenix criminal defense attorney with specific knowledge of white collar crimes, credit card fraud, and theft in Arizona.