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Internet investment fraud is a serious internet fraud crime that involves using the internet to defraud or attempt to defraud individuals through the use of false investment schemes, misrepresentation or other means of depriving the victims of money or property.
Have you been accused of internet investment fraud? If so, you may potentially face many years in state prison along with heavy fines. Consult Okabe & Haushalter to see how we may be able to provide you with the legal counsel that you need to avoid these penalties, not to mention the damage to your reputation and business relationships which may occur if you are convicted of this crime.
Our experienced criminal defense attorneys are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding internet investment fraud and what you can do to help avoid being formally charged with this offense, or what you can do to avoid a conviction if you have already been arrested and charged.
Because so many financial and business transactions are conducted over the internet, and because more and more consumers throughout California use the internet to search for and purchase products, internet investment fraud is a growing criminal offense. Both state and federal law enforcement agencies have responded by applying resources to the detection and prevention of all types of internet crimes. The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) in particular plays a major role in investigating internet investment fraud.
The penalties for internet investment fraud may vary depending upon the number of people affected, as well as the specific offense which was committed. However, an individual charged with internet investment fraud may also face charges involving wire fraud, a serious federal offense which may be punishable by up to 20 years in prison, or 30 years if it is committed against a financial institution.
Find out how a lawyer at our firm can help you if you are facing internet fraud charges. We will review your case and discuss your options with you in order to build a tailor-made plan of defense that has the best opportunity of standing up in court, against state or federal prosecutors.