Any Florida resident who is accused of white collar crimes may realize the significant challenge of defending him or herself against such charges. A 71-year-old man filed a report with Brevard County Police last October, and a credit card fraud investigation was launched. The man claimed that someone had stolen his credit card and was charging purchases on it.
The man said that he was unaware of the missing credit card until a note from the card company provided information about debts valued at more than $13,000. He alleged that the card was used for several transactions from September through November. Furthermore, he claimed that all those purchases were unauthorized.
Detectives say they have surveillance videos from security cameras in various stores that show a 39-year-old woman using the credit card. They allege that this happened on at least 32 occasions, and the value of the goods purchased at those times exceeded $6,500. The accused woman was taken to the county jail after her arrest on New Year’s day.
She is now facing multiple credit card fraud charges that include the unauthorized use of a credit card belonging to a person older than 60 years, fraudulent use of another person’s ID, and more. Other individuals in similar situations in Florida will likely retain the services of a criminal defense attorney who is experienced in protecting the rights of those accused of white collar crimes. The sooner a person who is suspected of such crimes seeks legal counsel, the sooner a lawyer can start working on a defense strategy to achieve the best possible outcome.
Source: palmbaydaily.com, “West Melbourne Woman Steals Elderly Man’s Credit Card To Make Multiple Purchases”, Scott Lee, Jan. 3, 2018