Have You Been Charged with Fraudulent Business Practices using the Internet or Email in Georgia?
Fraud crimes in Georgia cover a multitude of topics from giving the wrong name to a police officer to identity theft to computer trespass. No matter what type of criminal offense you have been charged with, you must hire experienced representation to assist you. If you or a loved one has been charged with fraudulent business practices using the internet or email in Georgia, call us today and find out how we can assist with your case.
According to O.C.G.A. § 16-9-109.1,
It shall be unlawful for any person with intent to defraud, by means of a web page, e-mail message, or otherwise through use of the Internet, to solicit, request, or take any action to induce another person to provide identifying information by representing himself, herself, or itself to be a business without the authority or approval of such business.
It shall be unlawful for any person, with actual knowledge, conscious avoidance of actual knowledge, or willfully, to possess with intent to use in a fraudulent manner, sell, or distribute any identifying information obtained in violation of paragraph (1) of this subsection.
In sum, it is a crime to solicit identifying information from a person using the Internet or email with the intent to defraud the person. The identifying information can include a person's social security number, driver's license number, bank account number, credit card number, PIN, account password, or any other piece of information that can be used to access an individual's financial accounts.
The Penalty for False Representations through Internet or Email in Georgia
A person who violates O.C.G.A § 16-9-109.1 will be guilty of a felony and will be punished by a prison sentence between one and twenty years, a fine between $1,000 and $500,000, or both. However, felony convictions extend beyond prison time and fines. Having a felony on your record can make it difficult to obtain housing, employment, or credit.
There are always Georgia Criminal Defenses our attorneys can use to defend your case. One exception to this statute is that an employer will not be held criminally liable for the actions taken by its employees who misuse equipment without the employer's knowledge, consent, or approval. This exception extends to employees, contractor, subcontractors, agents, leased employees, or other staff who misuse the equipment for an illegal purpose without the employer's consent. If this applies in your case, you need the assistance of one of our false representations by the internet or email attorneys. It can be difficult to prove that you had no knowledge or did not approve of your employee's actions and that is where we come in. We have over 50 combined years of criminal defense experience, and we know how to make the law work for you, instead of against you.
Lawson and Berry and their team of Georgia False Representations through Internet or Email Lawyers have over 50 combined years of criminal defense experience. We are intimately familiar with the subtle differences that distinguish each of the crimes and will help you build a strong defense. We will investigate every detail surrounding your case and present all the options to you. Our office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions. Call now for a free case evaluation.