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Fraud: Know the rules so you can stay in the game

Dilated pupils, trembling hands, excessive sweating, rapid heartbeat: these evolutionary traits are telling you that something is wrong. If accused of fraud, your body is right to sense danger.

Upon the first signs of peril, a body under stress tends to choose one of two options: fight-or-flight. In the case of fraudulent charges, you need to fight. But unlike our ancestors of the past, this battle will take place in the courtroom.

To avoid this situation, business men and women, like athletes, need to know the rules in order to stay in the game. There are several types of fraud, and knowing how they’re defined can help you avoid serious trouble down the road.

Insurance fraud| Someone accused of this type of fraud may have falsified or exaggerated insurance claims, or injuries to collect compensation from an insurance company.
Welfare fraud| Someone accused of welfare fraud may have to prove that they have not abused public relief systems, designed to help those with a verified financial need.
Probate fraud| Probate is the process whereby a will is verified and assets are distributed. Accusations of probate fraud tend to involve falsification of documentation to gain assets.
White collar crime| An umbrella term to describe crimes such as embezzlement, tax evasion and money laundering.
Now is a great time to review your business practices to avoid facing serious charges in the future. Although there are experts in fighting charges such as these in the courtroom, it’s best to know the law ahead of time in order to stay in the clear.

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