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What is Fraud?

Fraud is committed when something untruthful is communicated that causes another party to do something that causes them harm. An example of this would be significantly overstating one’s income or assets on a loan application to a bank who then makes a home loan based on that information.

Types of Fraud

  • Insurance fraud
  • Real estate fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Check fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Securities fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Forgery
  • Counterfeiting
  • Mail fraud


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Penalties for Fraud

Fraud is referred to as a white-collar crime and can have high fines and imprisonment. Most fraud cases are charged as theft, forgery, or perjury.
Fraud is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the case and your criminal history.
There are some fraud offenses that are automatically felonies.


Legal Defenses for Fraud

In order to be guilty of fraud, you have to have fraudulent intent. This legal defense works if you didn’t intend to commit fraud.

Perhaps you are the victim of mistaken identity and you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Entrapment can be used as a legal defense if you only committed fraud because the police coerced into committing fraud in order to catch you.

Have you been legally accused of committing fraud? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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Your Defense Attorney for Fraud Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with White Collar Crimes such as Wire Fraud, Embezzlement, Insurance Fraud, and Prescription Drug Fraud, to name a few.

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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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