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Michael Berg

Newport Beach Criminal Lawyer


Fraud Crimes in Newport Beach

You May be Facing Charges at Both the State and Federal Level

In the state of California, there are two general definitions of fraud. Committing an act that results in an unfair or undeserved benefit for yourself or that causes harm or loss to another person may make you vulnerable to charges of fraud. California state law recognizes various subsets of fraud, including (but not limited to):
  • Auto insurance fraud
  • Credit card fraud
  • Health care fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Insurance fraud
  • Internet fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Senior fraud
  • Unemployment insurance fraud
  • Worker’s compensation fraud
Because there are so many types of fraud, these types of charges can be extremely complex. Above and beyond their intricacies at the state level, many types of fraud are also federal crimes. This means you may be facing charges at both the state and federal level, putting you at the risk of additional penalty. And if you are a noncitizen, even if you are a legal resident alien, then you may be at risk of removal or deportation.

Determine Your Best Options Going Forward

Consequences of a fraud conviction can include jail or prison time and expensive fines. In addition to these penalties, your personal and professional reputation is at risk because fraud is considered a “crime of moral turpitude.” This means that you are considered to have violated basic social norms and may be considered an untrustworthy or immoral person by individuals or employers who become aware of your situation.


There are several possible defenses against charges of fraud. For example, if there was a misunderstanding and you did not intend to commit fraud or if you were the victim of mistaken identity, then we may work to have your charges reduced or dismissed. During your free consultation, we will ask questions to gain an understanding of your situation and try to determine your best options going forward.


We are prepared to represent individuals who are facing fraud charges in Newport Beach in both state and federal courts. We believe in treating our clients like family. As a result, we are prepared to defend each individual we represent as vigorously as is necessary. Our goal is to achieve the best possible result for every individual’s situation.