Ponzi Scheme Charges
Being implicated in a Ponzi scheme is an extremely serious matter. A broker, investment advisor or other professional accused of this type of crime may face considerable penalties, not only including imprisonment but exorbitant fines. Even an investigation or informal allegations can threaten one's reputation and sensitive broker-client relationships. A conviction may result in a lifetime in prison, depending on the specific charges involved. That is why it is important to approach any investigation or charges, formal or informal, with care. Involving an attorney as soon as possible is strongly advised.
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia
Have you been accused of perpetrating or being involved in a Ponzi scheme? Have you been charged with securities fraud or any type of federal offense in relation to an alleged scheme of this kind? An Atlanta criminal defense lawyer at The Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub, P.C. may be able to help you. With a history of serving Atlanta, Georgia defendants since 1985 and founded by a former federal prosecutor, our firm is ideally positioned to provide only the highest quality defense representation in the face of the most serious of federal charges. This includes dealing with federal agents, investigators and prosecutors who are fighting tooth and nail to put Ponzi scheme suspects behind bars.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and other agencies may be involved in the investigation and prosecution of alleged Ponzi schemes across the U.S. These agencies have a considerable amount of resources at their disposal to conduct lengthy investigations, monitoring alleged fraudsters until they believe they have secured enough evidence to make an arrest and file charges. Fortunately, our firm knows how to counter these investigations and formal charges. The earlier we are able to become involved in cases of this kind, the better. We can challenge warrants from the onset and, if charges have already been filed, can conduct an independent investigation into the manner in which any evidence was collected and analyzed. Even a small error can turn an entire case around in a defendant's favor. This is crucial when you consider the life-changing penalties that may be enforced upon a conviction for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme.
What penalties may be enforced for a Ponzi scheme conviction?
Ponzi scheme charges may be particularly complex and serious because a number of separate federal crimes may be alleged. Investment fraud, conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and bank fraud are just a few of these. Each of these individual federal crimes is serious on its own and may carry heavy penalties, such as a wire fraud conviction resulting in 30 years in federal prison if a financial institution was a victim. In addition to imprisonment and fines, a defendant convicted of running a Ponzi scheme may face heavy fines and restitution that will quickly deprive him or her of any assets and property he or she once owned.
In one of the most highly publicized and costly Ponzi schemes in U.S. history, Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff was convicted of perpetrating a scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. In March of 2009, Madoff plead guilty to 11 federal felonies and in June of the same year was sentenced to 150 years in prison.
After the Madoff case, federal investigations and charges related to alleged Ponzi schemes have been taken even more seriously. Federal judges are rarely lenient with sentencing for these white collar crimes. The only option for a defendant is to choose an aggressive, effective federal criminal defense lawyer who knows the ins and outs of these cases and will commit the time and effort necessary to seek the best possible result. That is the level of representation you can find in an Atlanta criminal attorney at our firm. Contact our law offices today to discuss your case.