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Meet Our Minneapolis Fraud Charges Lawyers

Three Attorneys, One Powerful Law Firm

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Attorney Kyle Dreger

Kyle Dreger

Minneapolis Fraud Lawyer

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Attorney Gerald Miller

Gerald Miller

Minneapolis Fraud Lawyer

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Attorney Cody Wright

Cody Wright

Minneapolis Fraud Lawyer

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Ronnie Santana

Ronnie Santana

Minneapolis Fraud Lawyer

Why Trust Gerald Miller Law Firm

Because

  • We offer you a FREE no obligation initial consultation.
  • We only practice criminal defense law. We don’t split our time working on other areas of law so that we can provide intense focus to your criminal case.
  • Our team is available to you 24/7/365. Our resources are deep and strong. We collaborate and continually draw from each other’s experience to devise the best strategy and defense for you.
  • Our seasoned team of Minneapolis assault lawyers, Minneapolis sex crimes lawyers, Minneapolis drug crimes lawyers, Minneapolis fraud lawyers, Minneapolis DWI lawyers and much more will fight hard for you and be by your side every step of the way.
  • We have decades of criminal courtroom experience and an in-depth knowledge of the legal system and Minnesota criminal law. This experience has taught us sophisticated and highly skilled courtroom tactics, as well as adept trial and negotiating skills.
  • We understand that each case and client is uniquely different. People hire us because of our knowledge of the system, and realize that it is our job to help a client navigate a difficult process. As we are preparing a case, we know what to look for in the evidence, but also realize that it is critical to listen to our clients needs. Then, only after we know our client, we can tailor make a defense unique to your case depending on the goals we have set out.
  • We will always treat you with compassion and respect. As our former clients will tell you, we are very quick and prompt in answering any questions, and will keep you informed about every step in the process. We have an appreciation for how stressful criminal charges can be, and that is why we take it very seriously to provide a calming, and honest, reassurance throughout. We consider the “service” side of our job to be as serious as anything else we do because being trusted to be someone’s attorney is a privilege.

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    How Minneapolis Fraud Charges Attorneys Can Serve You

    Mortgage Fraud

    Credit Card Fraud

    Insurance Fraud

    Ponzi Schemes

    Fraud schemes run the gauntlet from relatively simple affairs, like credit card fraud, to multibillion-dollar Ponzi schemes. Even though they are simple, a state law conviction could mean years in prison. Additionally, the elements of fraud are relatively easy to prove in court.

    The professional team at Gerald Miller, P.A. stands firm against this wave of government action. Since there are so many kinds of fraud cases, we tailor your defense.

    Fraud Charges in Minneapolis

    Mortgage Fraud

    This crime could involve the lender or the borrower. Lender or broker mortgage fraud is usually a federal crime. Some unscrupulous lenders falsify documents, so a shaky loan makes it past underwriting. Some unscrupulous brokers do the same thing in order to obtain commissions.

    Because it is often localized to a single document, borrower mortgage fraud is usually a state crime. Examples include inflating income, lying about residency status, and omitting certain debt payments.

    Take it from a seasoned Minneapolis Fraud Lawyer, Most fraud schemes, especially most mortgage fraud schemes, involve a whistleblower or paid informant. The information these individuals provide is always questionable, particularly since the standard of proof is so high in criminal cases. Many people will say almost anything for love or money.

    Credit Card Fraud

    This offense sometimes also involves other crimes, such as identity theft or forgery. More frequently, however, credit card fraud is unauthorized use of a card. Frequently, the card itself is not involved in credit card fraud. Many computers and other devices automatically remember most credit card information. A fraudster must simply fill in a few blanks, like a CVV number or a billing ZIP code.

    If the amount in controversy is less than $250, credit card fraud is a misdemeanor. Otherwise, it is a felony.

    Minnesota Statute § 609.821 is not limited to fraudulent use. It is also illegal to possess, attempt to use, or sell, a fraudulently obtained card. The statute also applies to public benefits, like SNAP cards, as well as credit card application fraud.

    Insurance Fraud

    Motor vehicle insurance fraud is rather common, especially in no-fault insurance states like Minnesota. “Fender-bender” accidents are usually not subject to judicial scrutiny. That lack of oversight gives rise to misconduct like the swoop-and-squat fraud.

    An unscrupulous driver pulls out in front of another motorist then applies the vehicle’s brakes to induce a rear-end collision. Insurance adjusters immediately report such incidents to authorities. So, there is essentially a presumption of guilt as opposed to a presumption of innocence. We know this because our Minneapolis Fraud Lawyers have dealt with many such cases.

    Property insurance fraud usually involves staging a false “accident” at a home or business. The Hennepin County prosecutor’s office has a dedicated insurance fraud section. So, the conviction rate in these cases is rather high.

    Ponzi Schemes

    High level Ponzi schemes are federal matters. Lower level Ponzi schemes, which are much more common, are state matters. A “broker” takes money from new investors and uses it to pay “dividends” to existing investors.

    The penalties for such schemes are rather high because investors depend entirely on brokers. So, a Ponzi scheme not only costs investors money. It represents a serious breach of trust. Unlike in a forgery case, where you would hire a Forgery Charges Defense Lawyers in Minneapolis, you will need to hire a Minneapolis Fraud Lawyer to defend charges related to fraud.

    Fraud Charges FAQs

    If the purchase or cash advance amount was less than $250, credit card fraud is a misdemeanor. Otherwise, it is a felony. Non-transaction fraud, such as submitting a fraudulent application for SNAP benefits, is usually a felony as well.

    Filing a false or inflated insurance claim is almost always a felony. Lying on an application, report, or other insurance document is usually a felony as well. “Lying” includes omitting necessary information.

    Yes, you can go to jail for fraud. In fact, the maximum sentence is twenty years in prison and a $100,000 fine. This offense also has substantial indirect consequences. Fraud is a crime of moral turpitude. Furthermore, many potential employers never hire people with fraud convictions.

    Large scale fraud is usually a federal crime, because the activity crosses state lines. Local fraud is usually a state crime, because the activity might not go beyond the borders of Hennepin County.

    Both. The burden of proof is the main difference. In civil court, the burden of proof is a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). In criminal court, the burden of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt, which is a higher standard. So, it’s not unusual for alleged fraudsters to face both civil and criminal charges.

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    I contacted this law firm to see if they’d be willing to take on my case. Kyle took a look at the facts and informed me about the challenges my case presents- an honest lawyer. Kyle is extremely detailed oriented and put together a solid case, in which we won. Kyle is extremely responsive and a knowledgeable attorney. I recommend this law office.
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    Eder Perez
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    Felt well represented by Ronnie Santana enjoyed his work!
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    youn1125 University of Minnesota
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    Kyle Dregger and the Gerald Miller team did an amazing job helping me with my DUI. Kyle was always available to answer my questions and he made the experience much less stressful to navigate. I am so grateful for all the help and effort that Kyle and the Gerald Miller team put into my case to get me the best outcome possible.
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    Nick Morrison
    00:14 13 Aug 21
    I found the firm to have excellent customer service and to be knowledgeable in about every phase. Ronnie Santana took on my case and led me thru every step of the process. He made the process very simple and stress free for me thru his consistent communication, and his network in the legal system. Would highly recommend

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