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Fraud can lead to federal charges and punishments in Louisiana

In a previous post, you read about a woman who was allegedly caught siphoning money into her bank accounts from the accounts of her employers. She may have even used a credit card from the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge to pay some of her bills and to purchase prepaid credit cards.

In her case, the woman was found to have had a criminal background related to fraud, and that could work against her in court. She was arrested and fired from her job, which leaves her without an income and in a position where it could be hard to get rehired in the future.

Fraudulent purchases similar to those in this story could lead to a charge of fraud. It's important to know the sentencing guidelines for fraud if you're facing these charges, since they are what will affect your future most. Normally, the penalties for federal crimes like fraud are based on the level of offense and the criminal history you already have.

Federal guidelines aren't mandatory, and that can work in your favor if you approach your case from the right angle. Don't forget, your case may be complex. There are many questions to answer about why funds were used and why you were the one in charge of making purchases (along with the restrictions on your position). Considering the entire story, you may be able to work out a solution to this situation.

To learn more about the way you could be sentenced if you're facing federal fraud charges or charges for other white-collar crimes, please visit our website.

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