Fraud or embezzlement occurs when an individual entrusted with money illegally diverts the funds for their own use. Federal fraud offenses include crimes such as credit card fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, computer fraud, insurance fraud, accounting fraud, corporate fraud and securities fraud. Even if you never left Philadelphia or the surrounding areas, federal fraud charges can be brought against you for any fraud crime that involves use of a telephone, the mail, internet, fax or bank wire.
Federal prosecutors are relentless in their pursuit of these cases and have virtually unlimited resources to investigate and prosecute. In addition, the penalties for a conviction on fraud charges can be extremely severe and are based upon the determination of the amount of loss. When facing fraud or embezzlement charges, you must begin as soon as possible. It is critical for your lawyer to explore every legal option, mount a meticulous defense and work diligently to reduce the amount of loss from the first day.
Federal criminal defense attorney Hope Lefeber is well-known and respected among her colleagues and judges in the federal court in Philadelphia for her knowledge of federal criminal law and her reputation for the best results. Ms. Lefeber has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for her expertise in White Collar Crime — and honored among the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys and among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
As a former enforcement attorney for the United States Securities & Exchange Commission, Hope Lefeber uses her experience to get excellent results for people accused of federal white collar crimes, including fraud and embezzlement. This experience enables her to anticipate how the government will structure its case and prepare the best defense accordingly.
If you are under investigation or facing accusations of fraud or embezzlement, Hope Lefeber will vigorously defend you from your first meeting through every step of the case. If necessary, she will work with her team of experts, accountants and investigators to develop winning strategies. Her goal is always to get you the best results, whether that means the end of an investigation, dropped charges, a reduction in charges, a not guilty verdict or a reduction in penalties, restitution and forfeiture.
In addition, Ms. Lefeber is tireless in her pursuit of her client's constitutional rights. She is skilled in identifying illegally obtained evidence, through unlawful search and seizure, and exploring all of the legal intricacies of defending Philadelphia federal fraud charges. She is also known for her meticulous attention to detail and skill at preserving issues for appeal. This approach affords her clients the security of knowing that every issue will be vigorously litigated at trial and, if necessary, preserved for the federal appeal.
If you are under investigation for an act of fraud, it is never too soon to get a qualified federal criminal defense attorney working on your case. To seek representation from an experienced lawyer, contact the Philadelphia law office of Hope Lefeber by calling 610-668-7927 or completing our online form. Consultations are free and confidential.