Orange County Fraud Lawyer

CALIFORNIA PENAL CODES 484, 487, 488 & 666

In California, fraud is a theft committed by deception or pretense rather than violence or intimidation. Fraudulent acts are most frequently motivated by either financial gain or the desire to escape criminal responsibility. If you’re charged with any kind of fraud in southern California, you’ll need legal assistance from an experienced Orange County fraud lawyer. Mr. Budhwani offers high-quality defense representation to clients charged with a number of kinds of fraud.


A variety of fraud cases are prosecuted in California, including insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation fraud, welfare fraud, foreclosure fraud, check fraud, credit card fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, and now internet fraud and identity fraud. Some frauds may be charged as misdemeanors or as felonies at the prosecutor’s discretion; the more serious charges are automatically felonies. While some kinds of fraud are covered by specific laws, most fraud in California is prosecuted as grand theft under California Penal Code 487 or as petty theft under California Penal Codes 484 and 488. If you’ve been charged with fraud, speak to an Orange County fraud lawyer at once. The maximum sentence for misdemeanor grand theft is a year in jail. For felony grand theft, you may be incarcerated for 16 to 36 months. Petty theft is a misdemeanor; the maximum penalties for most petty theft convictions are a fine of up to $1,000, up to 6 months in jail, or both. Even though petty theft is a misdemeanor, a second or subsequent offense can be prosecuted as a felony under Penal Code 666 (“Petty Theft with a Prior”).

Penalties can be increased depending on the circumstances of the fraud and the defendant’s criminal background. In many cases, restitution to victims will be ordered, and in some cases, convicted offenders may also face damage claims filed by victims in civil court. Many fraud offenses are also federal crimes, which means that you could be prosecuted in a federal court with increased potential penalties. Fraud offenses are also considered crimes of moral turpitude, which means that immigrants – with or without documentation – who are convicted of fraud can face removal proceedings. For professionals, a fraud conviction likely means the suspension or revocation of your professional license.


Fraud cases are complicated. You’re going to need a trustworthy, high-quality, fraud lawyer if you face any fraud charge in southern California. Call, experienced Orange County fraud lawyer, Simon Budhwani, Esq. immediately at 714-249-2788 or email us today at: [email protected]