Fraudulent Schemes and Illegal Enterprise Crimes in Arizona have serious consequences. If convicted you could face lengthy probation, large fines, jail or depending on the type of charge and person’s criminal history, even prison. The attorneys and staff at the AZ Defenders have over 100 years of combined legal experience. Our attorneys include former state, county, and city prosecutors who have successfully represented hundreds of people accused of various Fraudulent Schemes and Illegal Enterprise Crimes.
Many different crimes can be considered a fraudulent scheme in the United States. Some of these crimes include business fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, selling counterfeit drugs, and more, according to information from the FBI.
In Arizona, any person who knowingly obtains any benefit by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises or material omissions is guilty of a Class 2 Felony.
A person who is convicted of a violation of this section that involved a benefit with a value of one hundred thousand dollars or more is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from confinement on any basis except pursuant to section 31-233, subsection A or B until the sentence imposed by the court has been served, the person is eligible for release pursuant to section 41-1604.07 or the sentence is commuted.
The state shall apply the aggregation prescribed by section 13-1801, subsection B to violations of this section in determining the applicable punishment (13-1801(B): In determining the classification of the offense, the state may aggregate in the indictment or information amounts taken in thefts committed pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct, whether the amounts were taken from one or several persons).
As used in this section, “scheme or artifice to defraud” includes a scheme or artifice to deprive a person of the intangible right of honest services.
(Per Arizona Revised Statute § 13-2311)
This is a Class 5 Felony offense.
Notwithstanding any provision of the law to the contrary, in any matter related to the business conducted by any department or agency of this state or any political subdivision thereof, any person who, pursuant to a scheme or artifice to defraud or deceive, knowingly falsifies, conceals or covers up a material fact by any trick, scheme or device or makes or uses any false writing or document knowing such writing or document contains any false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or entry is guilty of a Class 5 Felony.
For the purposes of this section, “agency” includes a public agency as defined by section 38-502, paragraph 6.
(Per Arizona Revised Statute § 13-2312)
(Per Arizona Revised Statute § 13-2310 through 13-2312)
The attorneys at the AZ Defenders pride themselves in finding any and all weaknesses to the prosecution’s case and utilizing the absolute best possible legal defenses to each and every one of our clients’ charges to ensure them the absolute best outcome. Over the years, our attorneys have successfully utilized the following defenses to Fraudulent Schemes and Illegal Enterprise Crimes (Per Arizona Revised Statute § 13-2310 through 13-2312):
Fraudulent Schemes and Illegal Enterprise charges can result in catastrophic consequences for your professional life, reputation, and business. You need an experienced lawyer on your side that will aggressively fight for your rights, both in and out of the courtroom. If you have been accused of any of these crimes, contact the Phoenix criminal defense attorneys at AZ Defenders for a free case evaluation.