At the Law Office of Kristen Farrell Bonavita we treat every case with the utmost care and concern. We know that the ramifications of these so called paper cases can be far reaching and destructive. Part of the defense in these cases is maintaining your career, freedom and sense of honor.
As a former Associate at Ernst and Young, LLP within their tax and legal practice and as a graduate of Boston Colleges Carroll School of Management with a business degree, Attorney Bonavita has the education and experience to handle this subject matter in a proficient manner.
The crime of larceny by embezzlement in Massachusetts is another theft crime prohibited under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 30. That statute makes it a crime to embezzle the property of another person with the intent to convert that property whether or not that property is in the thief’s possession at the time of the conversion. Read More…
If you or someone you love has been charged or is about to be charged with committing fraud in Massachusetts, it is important that you hire an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer immediately.
Criminal fraud includes embezzlement, forgery, insurance fraud, motor vehicle/accident fraud, medicare or medicaid fraud, credit card fraud, and identity fraud. An experienced and dedicated lawyer will fight to defend your freedom and your future. You want to contact Massachusetts Defense Lawyer Kristen Bonavita online or call 978-376-6746. Read More…
Criminal conspiracy is defined as an agreement between two or more people to commit a crime or to perpetrate an illegal act. Conspiracy crimes that are federal can include conspiracy to engage in criminal activity such as money laundering, conspiracy to violate federal laws, or conspiracy to manufacture drugs or weapons. Read More…
Insurance fraud is one of America’s largest crime industries. It occurs every day in every state. People of all races, incomes and ages are victimized. Fraud committed against private insurance companies costs Americans at least $80 billion a year, or about $950 per family. Medicare fraud costs the federal government $179 billion per year. Read More…
Presenting or submitting a fraudulent insurance claim to a motor vehicle insurance company is a crime punishable with imprisonment for up to 5 years in State Prison, or to the House of Corrections for not less than 6 months and up to 2.5 years. Read More…
Indictments for health care fraud are on the increase in Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island and throughout New England. Federal prosecutors are targeting physicians, medical groups, providers and vendors who accept medicare or market, sell or provide FDA regulated devices, equipment or medications. Read More…
This includes any crime where goods are paid for with false credit cards, or money is stolen from an account using a stolen credit card. Credit card fraud costs billions of dollars each year. Credit card fraud can happen when an actual card is taken from the original owner and used to buy goods, or when the numbers of the card are taken and used on falsified receipts, to purchase items through the Internet or through the mail, or to access money in a compromised account. Read More…
Uttering is when a counterfeit item is knowingly sold or offered to someone else, but the person selling the item did not actually create the false item. Examples of this are forging university diplomas, or using a fake ID.
In Massachusetts Uttering is a very serious offense. In an uttering case, the prosecution needs to prove that the defendant intended to injure or defraud and utters a false or altered record or instrument. Usually these charges spawn from checks that don’t clear. The most common victims in these cases are banks. Read More…
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Counterfeiting is when items such as coins, currency, postage, military papers, government securities, computer software, CDs and other items are produced and sold that are known to be worth less than those that are genuine. It is illegal to sell counterfeit items as the real thing. Counterfeiting is a felony and carries a punishment of up to 12 years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000.
Destruction of Property
General Laws Chapter 266 §127 makes it a crime to maliciously and willfully destroy the property of another. To find you guilty of this crime the prosecution must prove that the destruction of or injury to the property was willful and malicious, not simply wanton. The terms willful and malicious require proof of a cruel, hostile or vengeful intent in addition to the intentional doing of the act itself. The value of the property destroyed or injured is critical to the charge itself.
Massachusetts Penalties for Malicious Destruction of Property
The Massachusetts Legislature takes seriously the destruction of property. Prosecutors in Massachusetts look to punish those convicted of this crime in several ways. They seek to deter future similar conduct and to compensate the victims for the damages sustained. Punishments permitted by law in Massachusetts for a conviction of this offense are:
- If the destruction of the property is willful or malicious then you can be punished as follows:
- Incarceration in state prison for up to 10 years;
- A fine of up to three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) or three times the value of the property destroyed, whichever is greater;
- Incarceration in the county house of correction for up to two and one half 2 ½ years
- If the destruction of the property is wanton then you can be punished as follows:
- A fine of up to one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00) or up to three times the value of the property, whichever is greater;
- Imprisonment in the county house of correction for up to two and one half 2 ½ years
- If the value of the destroyed property does not exceed $250.00:
- A fine of up to three times the value of the property;
- Imprisonment of up to 2 ½ months in the county house of correction
Intentionally falsifying, counterfeiting or altering a document in order to defraud or injure another party is considered forgery. Documents of legal significance that are often forged include checks, cashier’s checks, traveler’s checks, deeds, wills, promissory notes and credit cards. Ruled by Massachusetts law CHAPTER 267 a conviction for forgery has a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. Read More…
If you are facing charges for Larceny, Forgery, Fraud, Embezzlement, and more in Boston, Dorchester, Winthrop, Groveland, Lynn, Haverhill, Newburyport, Salem, Amesbury, Salisbury, Lawrence, Ipswich, or any town in the Essex, Suffolk, or Middlesex counties in Massachusetts, call Attorney Bonavita immediately at 978-376-6746 or email her with your case information!