Houston Federal Bank Fraud Lawyer


Under 18 U.S.C. § 1344 a person may be charged with federal bank fraud who “knowingly executes, or attempts to execute, a scheme or artifice –

  1. To defraud a financial institution; or
  2. To obtain any of the moneys, funds, credits, assets, securities, or other property owned by, or under the custody or control of, a financial institution, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises;”

Hiring The Right Federal Defense Attorney

A conviction for federal bank fraud or a related offense can result in decades in prison or a crippling fine, or both.  If you are under investigation for a federal white collar offense in Houston, TX, you need to retain legal representation immediately. A knowledgeable federal fraud defense lawyer can help fight the charges against you.  Federal bank fraud is a serious offense that can directly affect your career, your financial security, your family, and your freedom. Attorney James Alston understands the severity of federal fraud charges.  As a Harris County District Attorney, Mr. Alston prosecuted white-collar crimes, including fraud cases in Houston.  He then worked as a federal prosecutor gaining unique insight into how government lawyers prepare for trial and obtain convictions.  Contact James Alston Law today for a case evaluation.  Call (713) 228-1400 to protect your future and your rights.

Examples Of Federal Bank Fraud

Federal bank fraud encompasses a broad range of criminal activity.  Some of the most common examples of bank fraud include:

  • Check kiting
  • Check forging
  • The use of stolen checks
  • Credit card fraud
  • The diversion of bank funds by bank employees
  • Making false statements on loan applications

Depending on the facts of the case, a federal prosecutor may also seek an indictment for embezzlement, identity theft, bribery, mail or wire fraud, as well as a number of other criminal statutes.

Penalties For Federal Bank Fraud

A person convicted of federal bank fraud could serve up to thirty (30) years in prison, be required to pay a fine of not more than $1,000,000, or both.


If you have been arrested and charged with federal bank fraud, call Houston criminal defense attorney James Alston immediately for a free, confidential consultation about your case. Call (713) 228-1400 or fill out our convenient online contact form below.