Business Fraud is a serious white collar crime and can include over-billing, tax fraud, insurance fraud, etc. For that reason, it is essential to have an attorney represent the accused as early as possible, especially one who understands the nature of the crime and how to defend against it.
The experienced attorneys at Kope and Associates will know that regardless of the evidence collected in a business fraud case, the government must prove intent on the part of the accused to willfully and knowingly commit fraud. In cases involving over-billing, accounting discrepancies, or tax reporting issues, repeated mistakes can compound and create the appearance of a pattern of deceit and fraud. The attorneys at Kope and Associates work closely with businesses and individuals during investigations and criminal prosecutions involving business fraud. If contacted early enough, these zealous criminal defense attorneys may be able to convince prosecutors to drop their charges in exchange for various conditions, (i.e. once a company has resolved any accounting or financial errors that elicited suspicion in the first place). The attorneys at Kope and Associates assert their clients’ rights while maintaining open channels of communication with investigators in order to avoid the development of criminal charges.
Perhaps the biggest mistake made by individuals facing business fraud charges is destroying or removing evidence pertinent to a federal investigation. Even in cases where people are innocent, panic convinces them they must remove what they believe to be potentially incriminating evidence. However, any financial, tax, accounting, investment, billing, or work-related information related to business operations may be subpoenaed by the government, and destroying or hiding such information could result in an obstruction of justice charge.
Prosecutors often introduce conspiracy charges in business fraud cases. As a result, hearsay rules are suspended, allowing testimony at trial that would otherwise be excluded as unsubstantiated hearsay. In order to convict others, prosecutors usually offer a plea bargain to other suspects in order to exchange testimony for reduced sentences. The experienced trial attorneys at Kope and Associates expose questionable testimony that often results from plea arrangements and the use of shady informants.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies, have assembled teams of gang members and prosecutors who handle these cases. To fight these charges, you need defense attorneys who have handled these cases, understand the nature of the charges and know how to fight them.
If you or someone you love has been charged with business fraud in Harrisburg, York, or surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, please contact Kope and Associates as soon as possible for a free consultation. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.