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Fraud

Using deception and other dishonest means to obtain a monetary benefit or services could be considered fraudulent under Iowa’s Code. In the state of Iowa, fraud is a broad crime that ranges a multitude of offense. It can include impersonating yourself as another person or even creating your own counterfeit money. No matter the circumstances, the penalties related to fraud are nothing to take lightly.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for a fraud or another related crime, then it’s imperative you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you. Having a skilled defense lawyer on your side can be the difference between years behind bars and freedom. Start your defense plan today by gaining legal representation as soon as possible. 

White Collar Crime Attorney for Fraud in West Des Moines, IA

Have you been accused of forgery, fraud or another deceptive financially motivated crime? If so, then we implore you to secure trusted legal counsel. One great option is to go with the attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C.. We have been practicing white collar crimes for years and have the right experience to combat your charges.

Get in touch with us by calling (515) 279-9700 and we will set up your first consultation free. There our lawyers can sit with you and discuss a defense plan for your case in further detail. McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. represents people throughout the greater Polk County and Dallas County such as Adel, Waukee, Dallas Center, Perry, and De Soto.

Overview of Fraud in Iowa   


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Fraud Defined Under Iowa Law

Various scenarios and situations can be classified as fraud under the Iowa Code due to its broad definition. The crime can range from altering another person’s public records without authorization to knowingly embezzling funds from a company. The Iowa Code Section 714.8 states all the following acts can be defined as fraud. 


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Penalties for Fraudulent Crimes in Iowa

The penalties for the offense are determined by the value of the property or money stolen. These consequences are divided into five degrees based on the monetary amount that was defrauded. The sentencing for these crimes can range between a simple misdemeanor to a serious high-class felony depending on the circumstances.

If the amount defrauded does not exceed $300, then it’s considered fraudulent practices in the fifth degree, which is a simple misdemeanor. The penalties for a simple misdemeanor include a fine between $625 and $6,2500 as well as up to 30 days in jail.

Fraud cases where the amount defrauded exceeds $300 but doesn’t exceed $750 is fraudulent practices in the fourth degree. This can lead to a serious misdemeanor charge which includes a fine between $315 and $1,875 as well as up to one year in jail. 

If the case involves one of the following, then the crime is enhanced to a third-degree fraudulent practices charge.

Fraudulent practices in the third degree is an aggravated misdemeanor, which can lead to fine between $625 and $6,2500 and a jail sentence of up to two years.

A person can be charged with fraudulent practices in the second degree if they:

A second-degree fraudulent practice charge is a class D felony. The penalties for the crime include a fine between $750 and $7,500 as well as a five-year prison sentence.

The highest charge is fraudulent practices in the first-degree. A person can face first-degree fraud charges by defrauding someone of property or services where the amount exceeded $10,000.


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Additional Resources

Report Fraud – Visit the official website for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals to learn more about how you can report fraud in the state of Iowa. Access the site to learn more regarding how Iowa approaches fraud, Medicaid related fraud and more.

Iowa’s Theft and Fraud Laws – Visit the official website for Iowa’s Code to learn more about their larceny and fraudulent offenses. Access the site to learn the penalties, elements, inadmissible offenses and other related theft crimes. 


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Defense Lawyer for Fraud in West Des Moines, IA

If you or someone you know has been accused of a fraudulent practice, then it’s important you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you. We suggest you set up an appointment with McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C.. Our defense lawyers can discuss your charges, set up a defense plan and do whatever we can to assist you. 

McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. has represented numerous people throughout the greater Polk County and Dallas County area including Altoona, West Des Moines, Ankeny, and Polk City.


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