Florida man charged in out-of-state computer fraud scam

A 62-year-old Apopka man has been arrested on computer fraud charges in Florida for allegedly participating in a “mystery shopper” scam that targeted victims as far away as Colorado, the Steamboat Pilot reported.

As we reported earlier this year on our Miami Criminal Attorney Blog, about one-third of all U.S. computer crimes originate in Florida. Hiring a Miami defense attorney experienced in handling federal criminal charges and computer fraud charges is necessary to build a proper defense in computer crime cases involving victims in multiple states.

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Miami real estate fraud charges resulting in prison time for white-collar defendants

Federal mortgage fraud convictions reached a record high last year, despite fewer cases being investigated, the Internal Revenue Service reported.

As we reported last week on our Miami Criminal Attorney Blog, Florida — and particularly South Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers — led the nation in mortgage fraud cases last year. With investigators placing increased emphasis on prosecuting mortgage fraud claims, seeking the advice of a qualified Miami criminal defense attorney is critical to protecting your rights.

Gone are the days when white-collar crime in Miami and elsewhere was viewed with tolerance. About 4 of 5 defendants convicted of real estate fraud are sentenced to prison; the average term is three years behind bars.

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Federal charges allege Miami real estate investment fraud in bank foreclosure scheme

A 37-year-old man has pleaded guilt to federal wire fraud charges as part of a Miami foreclosure fraud scheme, the South Florida Business Journal reported.

The glut of foreclosures has lead to an increasing number of fraud allegations. If you have been victimized by real estate fraud or charged with a crime in connection with a property transaction, an experienced Miami foreclosure fraud attorney should be contacted to help protect your rights.
In this case, authorities say the defendant made $3.6 million as part of a foreclosure investment fraud scheme in Miami; he sold “reservations” on property he said would soon be in foreclosure, according to court records. The defendant told investors he had inside information from a bank employee and that he could arrange purchases at a discount rate.

Investors meant to get the first crack at purchasing the discounted properties, which would then be resold at a profit. However, the properties never entered foreclosure.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Florida, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The defendant pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges and faces up to 20 years in prison at his upcoming sentencing. Sentencing is scheduled for July 30, Wire Update reported.

Real estate fraud is a growing concern in South Florida. As we reported earlier this year on our Miami Criminal Attorney Blog, a federal task force held the first Mortgage Fraud Summit in Miami. Variations of real estate and property investment schemes like this one continue to play out, while mortgage fraud and bank fraud remain a primary focus of investigators.

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metro area ranks first in the nation for the number of Suspicious Activity Reports filed by financial institutions that suspect mortgage fraud.

Miami real estate fraud cases abound; advice of qualified attorney vital to protecting the rights of victims and defendants

Eight defendants face federal charges in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme in Miami, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The details of this case illustrate the need to consult with an experienced Miami mortgage fraud lawyer in the event that you are targeted by a mortgage fraud investigation or have been victimized by a fraud scheme. There is often a fine line between aggressive investing and fraud. A quick read of this case shows the defendants obtained mortgage loans with little or no verification, flipped the properties, and used the proceeds to buy more properties with the same intentions. Sounds like just about everybody involved in real estate investing during South Florida’s red-hot market. When the market collapsed, the payments stopped and a number of mortgage companies were left with a loss — including Countrywide, a notorious company that has been repeatedly accused of playing so fast and loose with the rules that it doesn’t even exist anymore.

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Miami defense attorneys hail high court ruling regarding juvenile offenders

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling this week that forbids states from sentencing juveniles to life without parole for crimes in which no one is killed, the New York Times reported.

Our Miami juvenile defense attorneys welcome this common sense ruling in the wake of the increasing number of overzealous state laws that seek long and unyielding prison sentences for teens who find themselves in trouble with the law before they even reach adulthood. Florida has been a leader in this kind of over-sentencing of young offenders and finally got its hand slapped with the court’s ruling.

The court based its decision on the case of a 16-year-old Jacksonville teenager who was sentenced to life in prison for a probation violation involving a pair of robberies. A total of 37 states have laws allowing life-without-parole for juvenile defendants charged with crimes that do not involve homicide. However, Florida was responsible for 77 of 129 such cases that were detailed in a study reviewed by the court.

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