In federal government contracting, the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys from various federal agencies and Federal Districts, tend to formulate each form of procurement fraud charges and turn them in to mail and wire fraud charges. This could be framed as conspiracy to commit wire fraud or some other variation of the federal statutes.
When federal prosecutors initiate criminal charges against a defendant, there is usually sufficient evidence to push forward. Their goal is to extinguish companies (small or large) and sometimes cripple them from doing business ever again. There is often jail time and significant fines embedded in the penalties for government fraud.
- Establish the legal strength of your case early.
- Work with a federal criminal defense attorney that also understands government procurement laws.
- Get aggressive legal representation and establish the best possible position for any negotiations.
- We treat every case from the beginning as though it were going before a court.
When small businesses or large DOD contractors face criminal charges for any level of government contract fraud, they mistakenly take the allegations lightly. Some companies may think that a simple mistake can be resolved with no problem. Not true.
By having a proficient and experienced mail and wire fraud defense attorney on board that also understands the federal procurement process, that defense attorney can sometimes convince federal prosecutors to dismiss the case. This can make a difference in the outcome of your case and sometimes steer the case away from a federal indictment.
Nationwide Federal Mail and Wire Fraud Statute Attorney Defense Services
With law offices in Washington, D.C. and in Denver, Colorado, Watson & Associates, LLC defense attorneys represent contractors, corporations, and individuals in a variety of situations involving procurement fraud, wire fraud statute, and other similar cases. We provide nationwide legal services involving federal cases involving:
- Both civil and criminal false claims
- OIG investigations
- Wire fraud penalties
- Mail fraud felony defense
- Procurement fraud and false statements (criminal)
- Selling defective parts to the government;
- Bribery of public officials
- False Claims Act criminal and civil cases
- Whistleblower and Qui Tam Defense
- Medicare fraud
- Multi-Jurisdictional Cases
- Help with sentencing guidelines, mail and wire fraud definition, under the SBA 8a Business Development Program
- SBA HUBZone Program, SDVOSB Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Programs
- SBIRS, embezzlement, and government grants;
- False statements and fraudulent invoices;
- The alleged conspiracy to defraud the government agencies under SBA small business programs,
- Legal advice regarding SBA small business program fraud
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What is Wire Fraud?
The facts of each case will contribute to the result of federal charges and what conviction and penalties will be imposed. In federal procurement, when you use email, the internet, telephones, fax machines or other equipment to further getting paid for, getting some benefit from the government, small business certification, grants or other benefits, the federal government will build a case for wire fraud charges.
Wire Fraud Elements
For the federal government to prove its case must show some variation of the following wire fraud elements:
- scheme to defraud by means of false pretenses
- defendant’s knowing and willful participation in the scheme with intent to defraud, and
- use of interstate wire communications in furtherance of a scheme.
In many federal government contract fraud and procurement fraud criminal cases, the prosecutor will also allege that you or your company, violated SBA laws and also committed conspiracy to commit wire fraud. These additional claims will also need some level of detailed allegations. This is where a federal fraud defense attorney can help.
Wire Fraud Defense
When defending a government fraud case, especially in a government procurement fraud case, the goal of your lawyer is to show that the federal prosecutor has not met the wire fraud elements. However, a strong legal defense starts with assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your case as early as possible.
- The further along a criminal investigation is, the harder it is to establish a strong negotiation position.
- Fraud crimes should be dealt with early and defendants must understand the seriousness of the case up front.
- Having your attorney explain various wire fraud charges and the results of a fraud crime can help you make a more educated decision about how you want to proceed.
The federal government and DOJ has increased oversight for finding procurement fraud schemes against the government. Subcontractors are also fertile ground for being hit with criminal charges. Sometimes the prime contractor and the subcontractor can both be a target for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Government investigations are usually well underway by the time a federal agent comes knocking on your door. When this happens, corporate executives sometimes wonder what the next step should be, or whether or not they should cooperate with the investigator.
Contact Our Federal Wire Fraud Attorney
If you find out that you are under federal investigation, been charged with allegations of government contract fraud, call our criminal defense wire fraud attorney for a FREE Initial Consultation at 1-866-601-5518.