The period following an arrest is often overwhelming and confusing for the defendant. Since the average person in Mississippi does not spend much time familiarizing him or herself with federal law, many defendants are not even sure where to start when building a defense. Since no two federal fraud cases are alike, familiarizing oneself with the charges and potential legal consequences is often a good place to begin. Examples of consequences associated with federal charges include:
- Jail time
- Limited employment opportunities in the future
Facing charges for mail fraud
A federal grand jury recently indicted a woman for six counts of mail fraud. The 72-year-old woman was formerly employed as a secretary and treasurer in an out-of-state township. The fraud allegedly took place during her time in that role.
Between 2011 and 2019, the woman allegedly embezzled approximately $170,000 from her employer. The indictment claims that over the course of these years, she would go to an ATM to make unauthorized withdrawals out of the township’s general funds. She would then use the money in online purchases and then conceal this behavior with the accounting software used by the township. If convicted, she could have to shell out $250,000 per count as well as spend 20 years behind bars.
Even a single federal fraud charge is enough to alter the course of someone’s future. Minimizing the potential legal and personal consequences is essential, but it can be difficult to get started down the right path. Since every fraud case in Mississippi is different, defendants may want to explore their options for working under the guidance of an experienced attorney.