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Bank fraud refers to a wide array of behaviors involving deceit to defraud a financial institution or obtain money, assets, or other property under its control. Although 18 U.S.C. § 1344 is titled "bank fraud," it applies not only to banks but also credit unions, mortgage lenders, and other federally funded institutions. Bank fraud accusations are taken seriously, and federal agents will diligently investigate claims, and federal prosecutors will work relentlessly to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A conviction can affect a person's life for years, as it carries a prison sentence of up to 30 years and/or a fine of up to $1,000,000. Furthermore, simply being accused of the offense can ruin a person's reputation and impact personal and professional relationships.

If you're facing bank fraud charges, too much is on the line to leave your case up to chance. You need a lawyer on your side who is not only ready to fight hard for you but will also deliver the personalized representation you need. At Portale Randazzo LLP, our White Plains attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience and a track record of results. We know how to navigate the processes necessary for resolving a bank fraud case, and we also know that each matter must be evaluated on its own merits. Thus, when you choose us, we will treat you like the individual you are and develop an innovative defense for your specific circumstances.

Our team recognizes the life-altering consequences a bank fraud conviction can have, which is why we will work hard toward a favorable result on your behalf. Call us at (914) 292-3557 or contact us online today.

Conduct Charged as Bank Fraud

Federal law defines bank fraud as knowingly using a "scheme or artifice" to deceived a financial institution. Such plans often result in the individual receiving something with monetary value, be it actual cash or a loan. The offense can be carried out in several ways, varying in degrees of complexity.

The type of conduct that may be considered bank fraud includes, but is not limited to:

  • Check kiting: This offense is carried out when a person cashes a check knowing that the account does not have enough funds to cover the amount. They take advantage of the bank's "float" system to immediately withdraw money off the freshly deposited check.
  • Stealing checks: Financial institutions mail out new boxes of checks to customers. Yet, instances occur when someone other than the intended recipient knowingly intercepts them. They then use them for their own purposes.
  • Falsifying loan documents: Some individuals might knowingly provide misleading information or omit important facts on loan documents to receive lines of credit.
  • Forging checks: This can occur in several ways. A person might knowingly create fake checks or use another person's checks without permission.
  • Falsifying mortgage or real estate documents: People might misrepresent information on documents for real estate purchases, such as concealing the true price of a home, to obtain property.
  • Deceiving donors: A person may claim that they have funds tied up in a bank account and need a small sum of money to get it released. Wishing to help, donors may write checks to the individual, which are then cashed and used for other purposes.

Speak with our White Plains attorneys about the accusation made against you. We will review your case and discuss your legal options for challenging the allegation.

Get Experienced Defense on Your Side

Being accused of bank fraud can be frightening, and going up against the federal government can be intimidating. At Portale Randazzo LLP, we know how the system works and will be by your side every step of the way, guiding you through it and helping you make informed decisions about how your case progresses.

For the legal representation you need, contact our team at (914) 292-3557.

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