Fraudulent Refunds: Criminal Charges in Miami
What is a fraudulent refund?
In Florida, fraudulent refunds are defined as "a systematic, ongoing course of conduct to obtain a refund for merchandise from a business establishment by knowingly giving a false or fictitious name or address as his or her own or the name or address of any other person without that person's knowledge and approval." The merchant must post, in a conspicuous place where refunds are handled, a notice advising patrons of the Florida law and the penalties for violating the law, or else the charge will probably not stand in court. A valid defense to a charge of fraudulent refunds would be if the merchant did not conspicuously post the notice of the Florida law and its associated penalties in and around where the refunds are handled in their establishment.
Penalties for a Fraudulent Refund in Miami
A conviction for fraudulent refunds can be punishable as a misdemeanor of the second degree and can include probation, jail time and fines up to $500. If you are faced with a charge of fraudulent refund, choose an attorney with the insight, expertise and ability to fight for you and defend your rights. At Seltzer Law P.A., we have defended hundreds of clients charged with a myriad of different crimes in Miami and throughout the communities in South Florida. We have the ability and knowhow to successfully defend and protect your rights if you have been accused of taking a fraudulent refund, or attempting to do so.
Although it may seem like a minor charge, if you are a reoffender, or have been convicted of any other crimes in the past, the penalties associated with a fraudulent refund conviction can climb very quickly. Don't delay in contacting us at the offices of David Seltzer and Seltzer Law PA today for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call and schedule an appointment.