International Identity Theft – Check Fraud
International Identity Crime and Check Fraud – more common than imagined. U.S. government agencies, including the DOJ – Criminal Division, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Division, agree: Check Fraud may happen here in the U.S., but the start of it often begins elsewhere.
It’s important to emphasize this: Check Fraud can have international connections, even in Wherever, U.S.A. The fact it occurs locally matters little. It may have been the end result of some overseas organized crime cartel pulling strings. So pervasive is the “industry” of Check Fraud that, as often as not, a local crime has international implications.
No small wonder that U.S. federal agencies frequently partner with international agencies such as INTERPOL and Scotland Yard, sharing information and investigations.
Check Fraud and International Identity Theft is a complex crime. It crosses national and international borders, it crosses many jurisdictions . . . and it is very difficult to unravel. And beyond that, what constitutes a crime in one country may not be seen as such somewhere else.
Because of the “uneven” playing field internationally – by way of law and its execution – dedicated U.S. agencies and task forces have been given several powerhouse mandates for battling Identity Theft and Check Fraud at home. The thinking is: Hit hard locally and maybe it will affect crime lords overseas.
As such, these agencies swing big bats with names such as RICO, FCPA (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), and the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act. Sweeping charges can include mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, racketeering, extortion, theft, counterfeiting or forgery, tampering with U.S. mail, and cybercrime. Penalties can be extremely harsh: long prison time, large penalties, and restitution (sometimes three times the victim’s loss).
Lost in all this is the individual – the forgotten defendant who frequently is also a victim.
The Blanch Law Firm has the resources and manpower to ably digest the facts, to fully understand the client, and to tell the whole story. We are not satisfied with a government agency’s findings, and we are not overwhelmed by allegations. Our team of criminal defense attorneys is well-versed in all aspects of Check Fraud and International Identity Crime.
The Blanch Law Firm handles cases in the greater New York area, as well as in Los Angeles, Orange County, greater Southern California, and Houston, TX.
If you are the focus of an International Identity Crime or Check Fraud criminal investigation – or if an investigation is pending – contact The Blanch Law Firm today by calling 212 736 3900. Initial consultations are complimentary and confidential.