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Defining fraud

Like most in West Palm Beach, you likely consider yourself intelligent enough to spot fraudulent schemes before you can become a victim of them. Many of those with whom we here at CreditorCollections A Law Firm have worked with once felt the same way, yet were unfortunate enough to learn that today's schemers and confidence artists are becoming evermore savvy. If you do happen to fall victim to fraud, then you certainly will want to do all that is needed to recover whatever assets and/or properties that you may have been deprived of. Yet doing so requires that the action taken against you be correctly identified as fraud. 

At face value, the definition of fraud offered up by The U.S. Department of Justice in their Criminal Resource Manual seems extremely far reaching. Indeed, it actually offers no common law definition, instead citing a federal court ruling that states "[t]he law does not define fraud; it needs no definition; it is as old as falsehood and as versatile as human ingenuity." This may create the impression that defining fraud is next to impossible. However, its broadness also allows for other definitions to be applied to it that statutorily designate actions as fraudulent. 

For example, the DOJ defines "intentional misapplication" as one, having an intent to defraud, taking or using the property of another whose property is protected by state or federal law." Proving that fraudulent intent existed in the transaction which deprived you of your property may be all that is needed to warrant the recovery of your lost assets under law. 

You can learn more about identifying fraud by continuing to explore our site. 

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