Houston Federal Fraud Defense Lawyer


Federal Fraud In Houston, TX

Federal fraud is a serious offense that encompasses a wide range of crimes, including:

  • Healthcare fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud

Healthcare fraud is a heavily prosecuted crime.  Federal healthcare fraud is investigated by several different organizations and task forces, including the Department of Justice’s Health Care Fraud Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Medicare Fraud Strike Force.  If convicted of federal health care fraud in Houston, TX, you could face imprisonment, a fine, or both.

Federal Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage fraud is generally broken down into two basic categories: fraud for profit and fraud for housing. Federal mortgage fraud may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony and can result in a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. In addition to prison time and a hefty fine, a person convicted for federal mortgage fraud may be required to serve probation and make restitution. According to the United States Sentencing Commission, 87.7 percent of those charged with a mortgage fraud offense were sentenced to prison.

Federal Wire Fraud in Houston TX

Federal wire fraud is charged under statute 18 U.S.C. 1343.  While courts may tailor the specific elements of federal wire fraud to the case at hand.  Generally, to prove federal wire fraud, a prosecutor must show:

  1. The use of interstate wire communications in the foreseeable furtherance
  2. Of a scheme and intent to defraud another of either property or honest services
  3. Involving a material deception

A conviction for federal wire fraud can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000. In addition, a person may be required to serve probation, make restitution, undergo supervised release, and adhere to special assessments. A court may also require forfeiture of any “property that constitutes the proceeds of mail or wire fraud.”

Federal Bank Fraud in Houston TX

Federal Bank Fraud is codified into law under 18 U.S.C. 1344. Under this code, bank fraud is defined as:

“Whoever 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;”

If convicted of bank fraud in Houston, TX, a person may face a prison sentence of up to thirty (30) years, or a fine of not more than $1,000,000, or both.

Federal Mail Fraud in Houston TX

Federal Mail Fraud is prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. 1341.  The courts have recognized two fundamental elements of mail fraud:

  1. Having devised or intending to devise a scheme to defraud (or to perform specified fraudulent acts), and
  2. Use of the mail for the purpose of executing, or attempting to execute, the scheme (or specified fraudulent acts).

A person may face up to twenty (20) years in prison, a hefty fine or both if convicted of federal mail fraud. If the scheme was in relation to a major disaster or emergency, the fine is increased to a maximum of $1,000,000, up to thirty (30) years in prison, or both.

Federal Insurance Fraud in Houston TX

A federal prosecutor will pursue insurance fraud charges when the scam affects interstate commerce. If convicted of federal insurance fraud, a person may face a state prison sentence, hefty fines, restitution, and more. Federal insurance fraud includes schemes against auto insurers, life insurance carriers, health care, property, and workers’ compensation.

Federal Securities Fraud in Houston TX

Federal securities fraud is a broad area of law involving the purchasing and sale of securities (stocks, bonds, and investments). The SEC enforces federal securities laws and can bring an investigation for fraud under several different federal statutes. If convicted of federal securities fraud in Houston, TX, a person may face imprisonment, high fines, probation, restitution, and more.

Hire the Right Federal Fraud Defense Lawyer in Houston TX

If you are charged with a federal fraud offense in Houston, TX, the first thing you need to do is contact a knowledgeable defense attorney.  It is essential that the defense attorney you hire has experience with federal cases. A lawyer unfamiliar with federal court procedures may get an unfavorable result in your case.

Attorney James Alston not only worked as a Harris County District Attorney for eight (8) years, prosecuting white-collar crimes including numerous fraud cases, but he also has extensive experience as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office.  His background as a state and federal attorney gives him unique insight into how cases are prepared for and prosecuted. If you are facing federal fraud charges, you need a defense attorney with the knowledge and experience to win your case. Call Attorney Alston today for a free case consultation at (713) 228-1400.