Anyone who has been charged with a federal white-collar crime like fraud, for example, should take these charges very seriously. Being convicted of any crime is serious. However, federal crimes are almost always treated as felonies. This means sentences can be much harsher. That’s why it’s important for anyone in this kind of predicament to contact an attorney right away. It is important to begin building a defense strategy as soon as possible when facing a federal felony charge. This is especially important considering that prosecutors will likely already have built a strong case against a defendant.
A former employee of the U.S. Senate Committee has been charged with several counts of fraud for allegedly cheating people out of thousands of dollars. According to court documents, the 65-year-old man, who was a staffer for the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, is facing nine counts of wire fraud charges for allegedly borrowing money from three women and never paying them back. According to reports, authorities claim that the man used his position as a Senate Committee staffer to get the loans. According to the indictment, the man is accused of taking payments totaling just under $20,000. However, prosecutors believe he actually took closer to $500,000.
According to court documents, the man allegedly preyed on three women who might be considered as vulnerable, by using his position to gain their trust. However, according to the man’s attorney, he has refuted the charges and his attorney claims that his client was a “kindhearted businessman.” He claims that his client is innocent and that the accusations are not true. In addition, the man’s attorney said he was surprised that the prosecutors even filed the charges. The man was due to appear in court in early June.
While the evidence against this man might appear to look damaging, there are always two sides to every story. Just because he has been charged with these crimes, that does not make him guilty. Anyone facing this kind of situation in Dayton should not hesitate to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. At The VanNoy Law Firm, we understand these types of cases and we know how to defend them. We fight for your rights and represent you throughout the entire process. Please contact us today in Dayton by calling 937-952-5043, or click here to get in touch with us online. If you need an experienced criminal defense then contact us today.