Have You Been Charged with Foreclosure Fraud in Georgia?
Fraud crimes cover a wide area of offenses in Georgia. The penalties range from misdemeanors to fines of more than $50,000. Foreclosure fraud is a serious offense that can result in years spent in prison. While it may seem like you do not have any options, there are always Georgia criminal defenses available to you! Do not just plead guilty because you don't think a lawyer can help. No matter what crime you have been charged with, our Georgia Fraud Attorneys are here to help. Contact us now for a free case evaluation.
What does Foreclosure Fraud Mean in Georgia?
According to O.C.G.A. §16-9-60(a), “foreclosure fraud” includes any of the following:
- knowingly or willfully representing that moneys provided to or on behalf of a debtor, as defined in Code Section 44-14-162.1 in connection with property used as a dwelling place by said debtor, are a loan if in fact they are used to purchase said property or such debtor's interest therein;
- or knowingly or willfully making fraudulent representation to a debtor about assisting the debtor in connection with said property.
Therefore, a person commits foreclosure fraud when they purchase or attempt to purchase residential property by means of such fraudulent scheme. O.C.G.A. §16-9-60(b)
The Penalty for Foreclosure Fraud in Georgia
Violating O.C.G.A. §16-9-60 will be treated as a felony conviction and will be punished by a prison term between one and three years, a fine between $1,000 and $5,000, or both. However, felonies carry consequences that extend beyond prison and fines. Having a felony conviction on your record can make it difficult to obtain housing, credit, or employment. That is why it is so important to take your charges seriously from the very beginning. Our Foreclosure Fraud Lawyers in Georgia understand that a conviction will have a drastic impact on your future and are prepared to assist you now.
Furthermore, there are always Georgia Criminal Defenses that apply to your case. Our foreclosure fraud attorneys in Georgia will thoroughly examine your case to see which arguments will work best for you. Rest assured you will receive the very best representation when you choose Lawson and Berry.
Georgia Defenses to Foreclosure Fraud
Foreclosure fraud requires that the accused make the fraudulent representation knowingly with the intent to commit fraud. Therefore, any evidence that the misrepresentation was made accidentally would be greatly beneficial to your case. If you reasonably believed the information you provided was accurate, then our Georgia Criminal Lawyers will diligently work to get the charge reduced or dismissed. There are numerous Georgia Criminal Defenses our lawyers can use to defend your case.
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