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Many make the mistake of believing that Fraudulent Schemes Artifices charges are less serious than other crimes because they don’t involve violence or injury to others.  In fact, these types of crimes are some of the highest level felony offenses in Arizona.  You need to contact an experienced Fraudulent Schemes Artifices attorney for a free and confidential discussion about your case as soon as possible.

Fraudulent Schemes Artifices Explained

Under Arizona law, pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-2310 it is illegal to:

Pursuant to a scheme or artifice to defraud, knowingly obtain any benefit by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises or material omissions.

Put simply, it is unlawful for anyone to gain any money, property, or other benefit by means of fraud.

Consequences for Fraudulent Schemes Artifices

Under Arizona law pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-2310 if convicted of Fraudulent Schemes Artifices you are:

A class 2 felony is punishable by:

For any offense that involves over $100,000 in money or property value, prison is mandatory.

Penalties for Fraudulent Schemes Artifices – Other

Collateral Consequences

In addition to any penalties you may face from the courts after an Arizona Fraudulent Schemes Artifices charge, there are other penalties that many people face. Arizona Fraudulent Schemes Artifices charges have substantial collateral consequences because they are known as a “crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT).” This legal categorization means that the crime is generally considered depraved or immoral. A conviction for a CIMT offense can have consequences even greater than those some suffer through the criminal court system. Other penalties for theft pursuant to a collateral theory include:

Professional Licenses.

Doctors, lawyers, accountants, those licensed to sell securities, insurance and annuities will have to report any conviction of a theft crime. Some licenses even require that the professional report having been charged with the crime, even if the crime is later dismissed. Because the crime is a CIMT, many professionals are required to report to licensing boards, charges and convictions for crimes that constitute legally immoral behavior.


As discussed above, Fraudulent Schemes Artifices crimes carry a CIMT distinction and create problems in immigration. It may be a deportable offense depending on the applicant, the time frame and the exact crime for which you are found guilty.

Employment Background Checks.

Many major corporations, including major retailers, won’t even let you operate a cash register if you’ve been convicted of a Fraudulent Schemes Artifices crime.

Security Clearance.

Government clearance needed for certain government positions as well as employers that contract work with the state and federal agencies generally require a crime-free background.

DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card.

A Fraudulent Schemes Artifices conviction can result in the suspension of your DPS fingerprint card. However, a good cause exception may be available.

Housing and Loans.

Many lenders are unwilling to lend to those convicted of certain fraud crimes. A conviction for felony Fraudulent Schemes Artifices will normally have to be reported on a mortgage application, student loan affidavit and all Small Business Association loans which will normally result in denial of the application for the prescribed period.

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Defenses to Fraudulent Schemes Artifices

There are many ways to defend a charge of Fraudulent Schemes Artifices.  For example, it can be shown that there was never any fraud, it was simply a legitimate business deal that went bad.  Or, the alleged victim may have consented to give the money of their own will and is only now claiming fraud because of other circumstances that have arisen.  Whatever the defense, it is important to have an aggressive attorney investigate all aspects of the government’s case and not just accept the first plea deal that is offered.  This includes interviewing the government’s witnesses, hiring financial accounting experts, and making sure the government follows the myriad rules they are required to adhere to, but often cut corners on.

Common Arizona Fraudulent Schemes Artifices Offenses

Arizona Fraudulent Schemes Artifices cases can take many different forms. The most common forms of Fraudulent Schemes Artifices in Arizona include:

Construction Fraud.

This includes disputes over what a customer thinks should have been done versus what the contract says.

Insurance Fraud.

Insurance companies often try and dispute what benefits they think their insureds are entitled to.

Employment Fraud.

This occurs when employers accuse employees of stealing from them over a course of time.

General Fraud.

A customer accuses someone of lying about products and services that they offer in order to scheme people out of money.

Hire an Experienced Fraudulent Schemes Artifices Lawyer

As experienced criminal defense attorneys representing individuals charged with Fraudulent Schemes Artifices throughout Arizona, we understand the different circumstances and defenses associated with each case. While many people charged with Fraudulent Schemes Artifices believe they will be convicted simply by virtue of the large amount of documentation against them, they forget that the government must prove things like intent to steal beyond a reasonable doubt, something that can be very difficult to do. At Feldman & Royle, we have successfully defended those charged with Fraudulent Schemes Artifices in plea negotiations and at trial.  Consult at no cost and in confidence with an experienced Fraudulent Schemes lawyer to learn how your charges can be dismissed, reduced or amended.

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