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Missouri Fraud

Fraud in the State of Missouri is a serious offense and has severe penalties associated with the charges. There are also many different types of fraud in Missouri: Fraudulent Use of a Credit/Debit Card A person commits the crime of fraudulent use of a credit device or debit device if the person uses a credit device or debit device for the purpose of obtaining services or property, knowing that: (1) The device is stolen, fictitious or forged; or (2) The device has been revoked or canceled; or (3) For any other reason his use of the device is unauthorized; or (4) Uses a credit device or debit device for the purpose of paying property taxes and knowingly cancels said charges or payment without just cause. It shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section if a person cancels said charges or payment after obtaining a property tax receipt to obtain license tags from the Missouri department of revenue. Generally, fraudulent use of a credit device or debit device is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable up to 1 year in jail and fines up to $2,000. If the fraud was for property or services over the value of $500, it is a Class D Felony, punishable up to 7 years in prison. ​ Fraudulently Stopping Payment on an Instrument (Check) A person commits the crime of "fraudulently stopping payment of an instrument" if he, knowingly, with the purpose to defraud, stops payment on a check or draft given in payment for the receipt of goods or services. Generally fraudulently stopping payment of a check is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable up to 1 years in jail and fines up to $2,000. If however the check was written for an amount of $500 or more, it is a Class D Felony punishable up to 7 years in prison. ​ Contact Howard Haake at (314) 325-9868 or (636) 332-5555 for a free consultation regarding your fraud charge and learn what rights and remedies are best for your situation.

 

 

 

 

Howard Haake is a St. Louis law firm based in Clayton, Missouri focused on business law, criminal defense, family law and estate planning. We handle all business matters from incorporation to acquisition as well as criminal defense charges from arrest to trial. Howard Haake helps clients in St. Louis, St. Charles, St. Peters, O'Fallon, Brentwood, Columbia, Eureka, Richmond Heights, Clayton, Jennings, Kirkwood, Maplewood, Manchester, Northwoods, Olivette, University City, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Bridgeton, Florissant, Ladue, Webster Groves, Hazelwood, Hillsboro, Washington, Union, Hermann, Pacific, and throughout St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, Warren County, Gasconade County, Boone County, Crawford County, Montgomery County, and Marion County.

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