Phoenix Accounting and Tax Fraud Defense Lawyer
Accounting and tax fraud cases can go from small to large. At the law firm of Blumberg & Associates in Phoenix, Arizona, we have represented everyone from bookkeepers who faced charges of theft, embezzlement and forgery to a telemarketer whose case involved multiple charges and millions of pages of documents in evidence.
The charges in accounting fraud cases can vary widely, depending on whether you are charged in Arizona state court or in federal court. Small cases are often charged as theft in state court. Larger cases are often charged in federal court and may include additional charges such as money laundering, mail or wire fraud, or even racketeering. Tax fraud (also known as tax evasion) can be charged in either state or federal court, depending on whether the fraud involved the Internal Revenue Service or Arizona tax authorities.
The penalties in accounting and tax fraud cases are potentially disastrous. In Maricopa County, you can face up to a year in county jail, even on only a charge. For repetitive crimes and for two or more two charges on the same occasion, the Arizona legislature has instituted mandatory sentencing with mandatory prison time. Anyone facing federal fraud charges faces the daunting prospect of federal sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences. Any Phoenix criminal conviction will result in a lifelong criminal record and make it much harder for you to find a job.
Your character and past contributions to the community can be a valuable tool to challenge the state’s evidence regarding your intent to commit a crime in a white-collar case. At the same time, if you have events in your background that would hurt your case, such as unindicted acts, it is important for your lawyer to keep that evidence out of court. Attorney Bruce Blumberg has a thorough knowledge of Arizona and federal evidentiary law, including how character evidence can be used by you in your defense and against you by the prosecution.
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If you are under investigation for or have been charged with accounting or tax fraud, please contact a lawyer at Blumberg & Associates as soon as possible. The sooner you contact a defense attorney, the more your attorney can do to protect your rights and your future. Our accounting and tax fraud defense lawyers frequently negotiate with state and federal authorities throughout Arizona, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the IRS. In many cases, we have successfully persuaded prosecutors not to charge our clients or to file reduced charges.