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Fraud

Employee and consumer fraud involves dishonest practices that deceive workers or customers, like not paying for work done or selling products that don't do what they're advertised to do.

California Fraud Attorneys

At Matern Law Group, we are committed to protecting the rights of employees and consumers, including the right to report illegal or unethical activity without fear of retaliation or intimidation.

What is "Fraud?"

Under California law, fraud encompasses a wide range of deceptive practices and intentional misrepresentations that cause harm or loss to another person or entity. Fraud can occur in various contexts, including but not limited to financial transactions, contracts, real estate, and insurance. Here’s a basic breakdown of what constitutes fraud under California law for a general, non-attorney audience:

  1. Intentional Deception: At the heart of fraud is the intentional deception of another person or party. This means someone knowingly lies or conceals the truth to deceive another person.

  2. Misrepresentation: This involves making false statements or claims about something with the intention that the other person will rely on them. It’s not just about outright lying; it can also be about leaving out important information or presenting things in a misleading way.

  3. Material Fact: The deception must involve a “material” fact, which means it’s a fact that is significant or important to the decision the victim is making. If the false statement or concealed information wouldn’t have influenced the other person’s actions, it might not be considered fraud.

  4. Reliance: The victim of the fraud must have relied on the false statement or concealed information when making their decision. This means that the deception was a factor in their decision-making process.

  5. Damages: Finally, for something to be considered fraud under California law, the deception must cause harm or loss. This could be financial loss, loss of property, or other types of harm.

Fraud can manifest in various specific crimes under California law, including but not limited to:

  • Insurance Fraud: Filing false insurance claims or exaggerating damages to receive compensation.
  • Real Estate and Mortgage Fraud: Misrepresenting information during real estate transactions or on mortgage applications.
  • Financial Fraud: Includes a range of activities like check fraud, credit card fraud, and embezzlement.
  • Identity Theft: Using someone else’s personal information without permission to commit fraud or other crimes.

California law provides for both civil remedies and criminal penalties for fraud, depending on the severity and nature of the fraudulent activity. Victims of fraud can sue the fraudster to recover damages, and the state can prosecute fraudsters for their crimes, which can result in fines, restitution, and imprisonment.

Filing a Fraud Lawsuit

To file a consumer or employee fraud lawsuit, start by collecting all relevant evidence such as documents and correspondence. Understand your rights under consumer or employment laws, and consider seeking legal advice to evaluate the strength of your case. Before filing a lawsuit, you may need to try resolving the issue with the other party or through a regulatory body.

If unresolved, file a legal complaint in court, and ensure the defendant is formally notified. Prepare for court with your lawyer by gathering more evidence and developing your legal arguments. The case might go to trial, be settled, or dismissed, depending on the response from the defendant and the judge’s decision. Legal advice is crucial at each step to navigate the complexities of your specific situation.

Our Approach

Our Practices are Guided by Integrity. We’ll protect what you deserve.

We work tirelessly and fight tenaciously to hold rights abusers accountable.

If you’ve experienced a distressing incident related to an issue like this, call us for a free case evaluation.

Did You Know?

The FCA
Those who investigate and provide testimony and assistance in a False Claims Act case also are protected.
Whistleblowing
California whistleblower protection laws prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who come forward to report suspected violations of laws, regulations, and public policy.

Is It Illegal, or Just Unfair?

Legal cases can be lengthy, complicated, and confusing, but you don’t have to take on the system all by yourself. If you believe someone has violated your individual rights, or the rights of a large group of people in your community, we can help you find the right course of action.

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