Fraud crimes fall under California's theft, forgery, or perjury laws and cover a wide array of specific offenses. These are considered "white collar" crimes, but in reality, many not remotely "white collar" get accused of them.
Any act that results in an undeserved gain to yourself and an undeserved loss to another person, and that is intentional, can count as "fraud." This ranges from real estate to insurance to mail fraud and many other instances.
Key defenses we use to great effect include:
- Lack of fraudulent intent
- Lack of knowledge
- Mistaken identity
- Police entrapment