Fraud encompasses a wide range of criminal offenses. The general term of fraud can be defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2913.01) as anyone who knowingly and intentionally misrepresents facts or details for the purpose of personal gain.
Fraud is typically characterized by deception, misrepresentation, and withholding information. Although fraud can be committed by anyone, is it is most often considered a white collar crime committed by professional individuals who have achieved a certain level of status in their occupation.
Fraud can be committed through a variety of mechanisms ranging from the internet, mail, telephone, to person-to-person.
If you are facing a fraud conviction, the resulting penalties are harsh and will not only involve extensive prison time and hefty fines, but will also negatively impact other areas of your life. The penalties that you will face are dependent on the specific facts and circumstances of your case, as well as the type of fraud for which you are being charged.
The following sections explain more about specific types of fraud: