Identity fraud is essentially the crime of using someone else’s identifying information and posing as that person with a fraudulent intent to obtain money, goods, or something of value. Posing as another person involves false representation, which can be either direct or indirect. Personal identification information includes driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, telephone numbers, names, addresses, places of employment, employee identification information, deposit and savings account numbers, credit card numbers, and computer passwords. Identity fraud can also involve using this kind of information to harass another person. Identity fraud is prohibited by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 37E.Registry Fraud and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
Identity fraud cases have recently been charged against people getting driver’s licenses under someone else’s name. Usually the person obtaining the fraudulent license is in the country illegally. The fraud is often committed with the assistance of someone experienced with this crime or through a registry connection or both. Prosecutors take this very seriously for two primary reasons. One, the defendant is defrauding perpetuating his illegal existence in this country and state. Two, the fraud typically victimizes an innocent person. Thus, when the perpetrator of the fraud gets into some sort of criminal legal trouble he does so on the name of an innocent person. The innocent person often gets arrested and sometimes prosecuted for something he never did.
Identity fraud is punishable by up to 2 ½ years in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000, as well as restitution for victim’s financial loss, which may include costs to correct credit, lost wages, attorney’s fees, or to satisfy any debts. Identity fraud is on the rise in Massachusetts and throughout the country.
Every year, thousands of Massachusetts residents are affected by identity fraud. Identity fraud commonly involves illegal immigration or criminal Internet activity. It is also closely related to criminal offenses like larceny. Given the serious consequences of identity fraud and the fact that it is ever-increasing, this is a crime for which there is not much tolerance. If you or someone you know has been accused of identity fraud, it is essential to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.
Experienced Massachusetts Criminal Defense
Stephen Neyman is a highly-experienced criminal defense lawyer in Massachusetts. Attorney Neyman has been defending those accused of identity fraud for more than 20 years, and in that time he has become known as one of the best defense attorneys in the state. He consistently builds winning defenses, and he always achieves the best results possible. Attorney Neyman prides himself on professionalism and the superior work that he puts into every case. If you have been accused of identity fraud or any other criminal offense, speak with Attorney Neyman.
Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C. (617) 263 6800
The Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C. is a Boston-based practice focusing on criminal defense exclusively. Call the office at any time and on any day of the week at (617) 263 6800 or send him an e-mail. Initial telephone consultations are free and confidential, so you have nothing to lose by talking your case over with Attorney Neyman.
While located in Boston, Attorney Neyman’s office represents clients from all over Massachusetts, including those in:
- Suffolk County
- Middlesex County
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CORI Sealed After Client Was Acquitted of Identity Fraud
Several months ago our office tried and won an identity fraud case that originated in the Westborough District Court. Our client is a physician who the victim claims stole his identity in order to obtain an advantage applying for a high level position at a local prestigious hospital. Notwithstanding the acquittal, the defendant had concerns about his CORI showing entries for felony charges. Our office filed a petition to seal that was allowed earlier today.
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Charges of Identify Fraud Against Marketing Executive to be Dismissed
Our client is a local marketing executive at a downtown Boston firm. The prosecution alleged that in November of 2015, desperate for money the client stole her roommates' mother's identity to obtain credit for purchasing a car. An elaborate plan was devised in which all debt incurred by our client was attributed to the victim. The victim had no knowledge of the plan as her bills were diverted to our client's address. When the plot unraveled the defendant was caught and charged with identity fraud on violation of G.L. c. 266 Section 37E. Attorney Neyman was hired and able to get pretrial probation pursuant to G.L. c. 276 Section 87. All charges will be dismissed in one year.
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Pretrial Probation Imposed for Woman Accused of Criminal Harassment , Identity Fraud and Violating a Harassment Prevention Order
Wrentham District Court: After nearly a two year investigation members of the Medway, Massachusetts Police Department determined that the defendant, wife of the victim's former husband had been engaging in a pattern of conduct designed to harass. The police forensic investigation led to the execution of a Search Warrant at the defendant's home from which all electronic devices capable of sending communications were seized. Officers and the prosecution concluded that our client had systematically sent hundreds of harassing emails to the victim over the course of the two years sufficient to warrant the issuance of a Harassment Prevention Order. Simultaneously, the defendant was alleged assuming the victim's identity to further the harassment efforts. Notwithstanding the issuance of the Harassment Prevention Order the abuse continued and our client was charged. After nearly eighteen months of litigation Attorney Neyman secured pretrial probation for the defendant. She will have no criminal record.