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3 Georgia men face federal fraud charges

For those facing federal criminal charges, the preparation of a strong, and timely, criminal defense can be critical.

Three men in Georgia were recently indicted on fraud charges. The three men were indicted south of Atlanta on fraud charges related to a multi-million dollar theft scheme to defraud the federal government. Accusations of fraud against the three men are related to the thefts of heavy machinery at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) south of Atlanta, bribery accusations and fraudulent trucking contracts. The crimes are alleged to have taken place from 2008 through 2012.

Speaking from the U.S. Attorney's office, a representative said that each of the three men faces multiple federal charges and 20 years in prison if convicted. Two of the men were indicted on 30 counts of wire fraud, three counts of bribery and theft of government property; the third man was charged with wire fraud and bribery. One of the men is accused of using his trucking company to defraud the federal government through $17 million in contracts that were fraudulent and of stealing millions of dollars worth of heavy equipment by simply driving the equipment off the MCLB and selling it.

For those facing fraud charges following a federal investigation, the consequences can be serious. Some criminal charges, including wire fraud, can sometimes lead to increased penalties if convicted. Under federal law, the use of a communication device, including telephones, cell phones and computers, in the commission of a crime can lead to federal wire fraud charges. For those facing federal criminal charges, including wire fraud, and accusations, a strong defense, capable of examining and challenging the evidence against the accused party, can be critical.

Because federal fraud accusations and criminal charges are serious, it is important to address such charges immediately. A trained criminal defense attorney can help prepare a defense strategy and serve as an advocate for the accused party throughout the process.

Source: WALB.com, "Three men indicted for MCLB fraud and theft," Dave Miller, Jan. 22, 2014

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