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Salt Lake City Fraud Defense Lawyer

Attorney Kimberly J. Trupiano is an experienced criminal defense attorney with a passion for protecting the rights, reputations and futures of clients facing serious criminal and white collar allegations. She is committed to providing skilled, sophisticated fraud defense representation to individuals, business professionals and multi-million-dollar corporations being investigated for fraud and related white collar crimes.

What is Fraud?

Fraud involves intentional misrepresentation of facts that deceive an individual, business, financial institution or government entity. False or misleading statements, misleading actions and other conduct could all be considered intentional misrepresentation of facts.

Trupiano Law provides aggressive, thorough and experienced fraud defense representation to clients facing state or federal fraud charges in Utah, including:

  • Real estate fraud or mortgage fraud (such as inflated appraisals and property flipping schemes)
  • Mail or wire fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Credit card fraud or check fraud (including related identity theft charges)
  • Corporate or business fraud (such as accounting fraud, business opportunity fraud, or embezzlement )
  • Tax fraud (such as tax evasion — failing to file or failing to report income)
  • Securities fraud (such as Ponzi schemes, stock fraud, or insider trading)
  • Health care fraud/insurance fraud (such as Medicaid/Medicare fraud)
  • Communications fraud
  • Possession of another’s ID documents
  • Identity fraud
  • Other fraud allegations

Immigration-Related Crimes:

Ms. Trupiano’s extensive immigration experience enables her to provide acute effective representation to clients facing immigration-related fraud-based criminal charges. Ms. Trupiano represents people accused of a wide variety of immigration-related criminal charges, many consisting of fraud allegations including but not limited to the following federal charges. Utah State also prosecutes many of these charges:

Visa Fraud (including a ring or conspiracy to commit visa fraud):

  • 8 U.S.C. § 1160(b)(6)-(7) [misuse of information and false statements in applications – special agricultural workers];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 287 [false, fictitious or fraudulent claims];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 371 [conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States];
  • 8 U.S.C. § 1255a(c)(5) [misuse of information in immigrant visa applications];
  • 8 U.S.C. § 1255a(c)(6) [false statements in immigrant visa applications];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1543 [falsely making, forging, counterfeiting, mutilating, or altering a passport or instrument];
  • 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a) [initial unlawful entry, avoidance of examination or inspection, misrepresentation and concealment of facts];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1545 [forgery or alternation of visa, permit, or other immigration document];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1546 [fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other entry documents]; and
  • 18 U.S.C. § 2424 [filing false immigration statement].

Social Security Fraud:

  • Making and selling fake social security numbers, under 8 U.S.C. §  1325(d); 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv);
  • Using a false social security number under 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(7)(B);
  • Making and selling fake social security numbers, under 8 U.S.C. §  1325(d); see also 18 U.S.C. §  494.

Marriage Fraud (and marriage fraud rings), 8 U.S.C. § 1325(c)

Criminal Enterprises Involving Smuggling and Harboring Unlawful Aliens:

  • 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2); U.S.S.G. §  2L1.1, cmt. 3,4 [smuggling and harboring unlawful aliens];
  • 8 U.S.C. § 1327 [aiding and assisting an inadmissible alien to enter the United States];
  • 8 U.S.C. § 1328 [importation of alien for immoral purpose].

Trafficking False Immigration Documents, under U.S.S.G. § 2L2.1, cmt. 3,5

Fraudulent Employment Practices:

  • 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(3) [hiring unauthorized aliens for employment (including as a contractor)];
  • 8 U.S.C. §  1324a(f) [engaging in pattern or practice of employing unauthorized aliens];
  • 18 U.S.C. 1546(a) [using false employment documents];
  • 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(7)(B) [using a false social security number].

Immigration-Related Entrepreneurship Fraud, under 8 U.S.C. § 1325(d).

Unauthorized Reentry Into the Unites States Without Permission, under 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a); 8 U.S.C. § 1326.

Naturalization Fraud:

  • 18 U.S.C. § 911 [falsely claiming United States citizenship];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1423 [misuse of evidence of citizenship or naturalization];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1424 [personation and misuse of papers in naturalization proceedings];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1425 [procurement of citizenship or naturalization unlawfully];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1426 [unlawful reproduction of citizenship or naturalization papers];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1427 [sale of citizenship or naturalization papers].

Passport Fraud:

  • 18 U.S.C. § 1541 [issuance of passport or other instrument without authority];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1542 [false statement in application for and use of passport];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1543 [false statement in application for and use of passport];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1544 [misuse of passport];
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1545 [safe conduct violation regarding use of passport].

Effective Defense in State and Federal Fraud Cases in Utah

Cases involving fraud and other white collar crimes demand proactive involvement of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. With the detailed evidence that is often collected by the FBI or other investigative agency prior to charges being filed, experienced defense attorneys understand the need to get involved quickly. Trupiano Law will attempt to work with the investigators and prosecutor to stop investigations from moving forward and, in some cases, prevent charges from ever being filed.

Demonstrated Success in Fraud Defense. A former client of Trupiano Law was threatened with being charged as a co-conspirator to mail fraud, securities fraud and other white collar crimes. As a result of Kim’s aggressive, proactive representation, the client never faced formal charges as a co-conspirator. View additional criminal defense case results.

Schedule a confidential initial consultation with fraud defense lawyer Kimberly J. Trupiano by calling 801-266-0166. From the law firm in Salt Lake City, Utah, Trupiano Law serves clients facing state and federal charges throughout Utah.