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North Carolina Federal Conspiracy Lawyers

Title 18, United States Code, Section 371 states that if “two or more persons conspire to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

The statute has broad application and covers a range of crimes in which the federal government is a victim, including bank fraud, drug trafficking, and the presentment of fraudulent claims to the federal government (also proscribed by the False Claims Act). Importantly, however, a conspiracy to defraud the United States does not require an underlying federal criminal offense. Instead, the statute criminalizes the impairment, obstruction, or defeat of the lawful functions of the Government by means of deceipt, trickery or dishonesty.

If the object of the conspiracy is a felony offense, a defendant faces up to 5 years imprisonment upon conviction. Fines can reach up to $250,000. Restitution and forfeiture are additional sanctions upon conviction.

Importantly, Section 371 is not the only federal conspiracy statute. In fact, there are dozens. Additionally, while Section 371 requires the defendant to commit an “overt act” in furtherance of the conspiracy, other laws simply require an agreement to commit an illegal act without any over act at all. Other than a few exceptions, a conspiracy crime is complete the very moment two people agree to break the law. Also, in trial, incriminating statements by one co-conspirator may be admitted as evidence against all.

The law in this area can be incredibly complex and confusing. Nonetheless, the vast number of federal laws criminalizing conspiracies, aiding and abetting, and attempted criminal acts can leave unsuspecting people suddenly facing a federal prosecution.

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Cases we Handle

We represent people who have been accused of bank fraud in all of its various forms. Our attorneys understand the complexities and nuances that can lead to an ill-targeted prosecution. As with every single case, we will conduct a thorough investigation of all of the allegations against a defendant, scrutinize the evidence presented, and work to build a strong defense that is tailored to each client’s specific circumstances.

Our law firm represents people who have been accused of conspiring with others to commit any number of federal criminal offenses. The federal conspiracy statutes are among the most commonly used criminal laws that allow suspected individuals to be charged and punished as though they committed the underlying offense. Our attorneys have substantial trial and appellate experience in conspiracy cases, and will work to achieve the best outcome possible in each and every case.

We represent individual employees and companies in internal investigations. For companies, we work with both inside or outside counsel to analyze risks and recommend actions in the best interest of the company. We also have extensive experience representing individual employees and executives when their interests and the company’s are not necessarily aligned. In either scenario, we work to help our clients to obtain the best outcomes possible.

Mail fraud is a serious federal offense that can result in up to 20 years in federal prison. Blue LLP represents people who have been accused of using the U.S. Postal Service and/or private carriers to engage in mail fraud. Contact one of our experienced attorneys today to learn more about how we can help.

Small business owners and medical practitioners facing criminal charges for Medicare and Medicaid fraud risk not only paying substantial fines and restitution but also prison. Our lawyers have represented people accused of Medicare and/or Medicaid fraud, and have defended against civil and criminal investigations. Contact us to learn more about our experience with these types of cases.

We represent clients facing federal wire fraud charges. Wire fraud is a serious federal offense that can carry significant penalties, including prison sentences and fines. We have extensive experience defending clients against wire fraud charges and other federal criminal offenses. Our team will work closely with you to develop a legal strategy tailored to your unique situation and goals.

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