Theft of Honest Services Attorneys in Albany
Defending Clients against White Collar Criminal Charges
When it comes to white collar crime, you can expect the federal government to relentlessly pursue any charges it makes against you. This is no less true when it comes to allegations concerning honest services fraud. This is why it’s very important that you hired experienced legal counsel that you can count on to build your defense.
We at The Kindlon Law Firm, PLLC have the experience necessary to help you fight honest services fraud charges. Our attorneys bring more than 100 years of combined experience to the table and have been working together for our clients since 2014. Rest assured that we can help you build the defense strategy needed to increase your odds of securing a favorable outcome for your case.
If you would like to know more about how our attorneys for theft of honest services in Albany can help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.
What Is Theft of Honest Services?
Most commonly referred to as honest services fraud, the theft of honest services is a federal white collar crime. Specifically, this criminal offense concerns “any scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services,” as defined in the federal mail and wire fraud statute (United States Code Title 18 Section 1346).
Honest services fraud cases typically involve a bribe or kickback paid to someone for a favor that could tangibly impact a third party to whom the person accepting the bribe owes a duty.
For example, consider a situation where a parent may wish for their child to attend a university, but their child doesn’t have the test scores to get in. If the parent successfully bribes an admissions official for a spot, both of these parties are engaging in honest services fraud. This happens because the admissions official owes a duty to the university to seek students with the best grades and test scores; accepting a bribe to admit a student with lesser qualifications violates that duty.
Penalties for Honest Services Fraud
The theft of honest services is covered under the federal fraud by mail or wire statutes. As a consequence, a conviction can carry penalties that include a fine of up to $250,000 and as many as 20 years in state or federal prison with three years of supervised release. It’s important to note that each instance of wire or mail fraud is a separate offense.
What Should I Do If I’m Charged or Under Investigation?
If you are under investigation or charged with honest services fraud, immediately seek legal representation. Our theft of honest services attorneys in Albany have the legal experience and skill necessary to help you defend against your charges.
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