Maryland Bankruptcy Fraud Charges
We understand that facing a Maryland bankruptcy fraud charge can be extremely unnerving and we will work with you and use our knowledge to help you protect your freedom and good name. While nothing can serve as a substitute for advice tailored to your case, we hope the information we’ve provided here answers some of your questions about Maryland bankruptcy fraud cases.
Why Am I Being Charged with Bankruptcy Fraud?
You may be charged with bankruptcy fraud if you:
* Charged debt to credit cards with the intention of filing for bankruptcy rather than paying them off
* Hid assets from the bankruptcy trustee
* Filed for bankruptcy in multiple locations under different names
* Transferred assets inappropriately
* Made false statements in the bankruptcy filing or during hearings
* Bribed a bankruptcy trustee
Did You Have A Bankruptcy Attorney?
Our investigation of your Maryland bankruptcy fraud case will often begin with taking a look at your original bankruptcy petition. If you were assisted by an attorney during your initial bankruptcy filing, the services they provided may become part of the defense of your current Maryland bankruptcy fraud case. You may have a stronger defense for your current case if your attorney failed to provide you with proper advice.
Bankruptcy fraud cases in Maryland and across the country are initiated and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and ultimately handled with the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Bankruptcy fraud cases often also involve additional criminal charges including identity fraud, tax fraud and perjury. This means that it is extremely important to have an experienced federal criminal defense attorney on your side as there may be additional government agencies investigating the other crimes and working with the FBI.
As a result of the seriousness of the charges involved in each Maryland bankruptcy fraud case the FBI can conduct undercover investigations, court-authorized electronic surveillance and interview potential witnesses before you are even aware of the case. As a result, if you think you are currently being investigated for bankruptcy fraud we encourage you to contact us to discuss the best steps to take in your defense.
What The Government Must Prove
In order to obtain a conviction for bankruptcy fraud in Maryland the U.S. Attorney must prove that you knowingly and fraudulently made a misrepresentation of a material fact in your bankruptcy petition. In other words, they must prove that you intended to conceal assets, lied or otherwise deceived the court. This can be a difficult standard to prove but it does not mean that a Maryland bankruptcy fraud charge should not be taken seriously. A bankruptcy fraud conviction can result in up to 5 years in prison and or a fine of up to $250,000.00.
If you or a loved one is currently facing a bankruptcy fraud investigation or charge in Maryland we encourage you to pick up the phone and call us today at 202-640-2850. We are here to discuss the specifics of your case and can help you decide on how to proceed.