According to San Diego County laws, fraud exists anytime a person:
- Commits an act that results in unfair or undeserved benefits for himself or herself
- Causes harm or loss to someone else
Frequently, fraudulent acts are driven by financial gain, or the wish to avoid criminal culpability. The most common types of fraud offenses include:
- Insurance Fraud Offenses
- Real Estate & Mortgage Fraud Offenses
- Financial Fraud
- Forgery and Identity Theft
- Fraud Offenses Involving Elders
Fraud Bail Bonds Costs and Penalties in San Diego County
The bail amount for a fraud charge can range from $5,000 to $500,000, but the amount can skyrocket to millions for very serious offenses.
San Diego County has its own Bail Schedule that judges use as a starting point in determining bail. Initially, at the jail, the bail is set according to this Schedule. At the bail hearing, the court officials decide if the bail should be raised or lowered and can even refuse bail.
Many California fraud crimes may be charged as misdemeanor offenses or felony offenses, depending on:
- The facts of the case
- The defendant's criminal history
Fraud laws have a very wide range of potential consequences. Getting out of jail can help ensure that an accused person mounts the strongest defense possible. Get started today and reach out to a San Diego, Vista and Santee experienced bail bondsman.
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Fraud in San Diego County: Case Examples
- 11 co-defendants organized a medical fraud scheme that netted them hundreds of millions of dollars. 11 out of 15 defendants billed hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent insurance claims that extended from billing for services never provided to fraudulent surgeries. Charges were filed against the 11 co-conspirators with a single conspiracy count, 32 counts of insurance fraud, 2 counts of unlawful client referrals and 17 counts of aggravated mayhem, which involved disabling or disfiguring a person, amid other charges. In a second connected indictment, 4 other individuals were charged with conspiracy, money laundering and many counts of insurance fraud. The bail for each of the 11 defendants was set at close to or exceeding $20 million. The 4 defendants in the connected indictment had bail set from $1-$3 million.
- The defendant, 57, was prosecuted on 13 counts of mail and wire fraud and was accused of helping a second defendant with insurance claims after he had fires set at 6 commercial properties. The second defendant, also 57, was prosecuted on 52 counts of mail and wire fraud, 7 counts of arson and one count of money laundering. The third defendant, 73, was charged with 3 counts of mail fraud. After fires were set at commercial properties, the defendants submitted insurance claims that included false assertions about the incidents and the businesses. As a result, they received more than $1,5 million in insurance money. All 3 men were denied bail.
- The defendant, 63, was denied bail in an immigration fraud case. Prosecutors said that the defendant persuaded more than 500 undocumented immigrants to pay him $500,000 to obtain permanent U.S. status and elude deportation.