"Internet Fraud" generally refers to any type of fraud scheme that uses e-mails, online advertisements, or websites to solicit prospective victims, conduct fraudulent transactions or transmit proceeds from the scheme to financial institutions. The schemes may touch persons worldwide in a matter of seconds, but require the rectitude and steadiness of experienced white collar defense attorneys who have spent decades investigating, defending and prosecuting fraud.
The frequency of prosecutions in this area is increasing and the penalties are severe. The DOJ has criminally prosecuted defendants for identity theft, false online auctions, and Internet investment schemes. Additionally, the Federal Trade Commission has investigated multiple retail schemes, and the SEC has sought enforcement actions for numerous Internet market manipulation schemes. Market manipulation schemes are characterized by the dissemination of false information on the Internet to effectuate dramatic, upward price shifts in stock price and the subsequent sale of such stocks when the market is artificially high.
We have advised and represented targeted individuals and businesses accused of complex fraud schemes in both the criminal and civil litigation context. We have also launched internal investigations to reveal fraudulent schemes of which the business or client was unaware and helped set up mechanisms to prevent such activities from beginning.
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