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Fraud Schemes

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Under Arizona law, someone charged with what is commonly referred to as “fraudulent schemes” under A.R.S. 13-2310 is accused of creating a scheme or artifice to defraud, and knowingly obtains any benefit by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises or material omissions.  A “scheme or artifice” includes a scheme to deprive a person of the intangible right of honest services.  The attorneys at Oliverson & Huss Law have extensive experience representing persons charged with participating in fraudulent schemes.


Possible Punishments for fraud schemes

  • First offense: Probation with up to 1 year in jail.  If prison is ordered then between 3-12.5 years in prison;
  • 1 Historical Prior Felony Conviction: Between 4.5-23.25 years in prison;
  • 2 Historical Prior Felony Convictions: Between 10.5-35 years in prison.
  • Also, if the amount of the benefit received by the defendant is valued at $100,000 or more, the court must sentence the defendant to prison.  Probation is not available.


There are a number of defense available to someone charged with fraudulent schemes.  It is vital that you hire an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney, who knows how to effectively represent someone charged with this serious offense.

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