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Government Fraud Defense
In the current economic environment, the state and federal governments are increasingly pursuing criminal charges against individuals and businesses for defrauding the government. If you are being investigated for government fraud in Tampa or the surrounding areas, you can certainly expect that the government will be aggressive in its prosecution.
If you are being investigated or have been charged or arrested in connection with a government fraud case in Florida, you need experienced local counsel to protect your rights. Retaining an experienced government fraud defense attorney early in the process is imperative to a successful defense.
Our Florida State and Federal Government Fraud Defense Experience and Philosophy
Bjorn Brunvand – a Florida Board Certified Criminal Attorney and nationally certified Criminal Trial Lawyer – has defended businesspeople in criminal cases filed in Tampa, Clearwater and surrounding cities for over 20 years. Those criminal cases have included a substantial number of white collar cases and, more specifically, government fraud cases.
We can guide you through the state or federal criminal justice system with a combination of skill, experience, tenacity and understanding. In cases in which our clients have advance notice that they are being investigated, our firm is often brought in to assist during the investigation and grand jury phases.
We are well aware of the damage that government fraud cases can do to a business’s or individual’s reputation and livelihood. Our firm, if involved early enough, can take steps to minimize any media attention to the case, while building a solid defense to the charges.
If retained early enough, our firm has the experience, knowledge and skill to help clients, in many cases, avoid or mitigate government fraud charges by negotiating with law enforcement and prosecutors. If trial becomes necessary, the litigation skills of the attorneys in the Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand are hard-charging and second-to-none.
Types of Government Fraud Cases
The attorneys in our firm have a wealth of experience defending federal criminal cases, where most significant government fraud cases are prosecuted. We defend individual and business clients against all varieties of government fraud charges, including:
- Government contract fraud
- Medicaid /Medicare fraud
- Securities fraud
- Social Security fraud
- State and federal grant fraud
- Political Corruption
- Election fraud
- Immigration fraud
- Tax fraud and tax evasion
The government can be an intimidating adversary. A seasoned and skilled government fraud defense attorney can help guide you through the process from investigation through trial.
For over 20 years of criminal defense practice, Bjorn Brunvand has fostered the respect of the prosecutors and judges involved in Tampa government fraud cases. This stellar reputation and unsurpassed skill place our firm’s clients in a strong position from which to approach the resolution of a criminal case.
How Can My Business Be Prosecuted for Government Fraud?
Your business can face substantial financial penalties for fraud. In some instances officers, directors and managers could face individual criminal liability for certain behaviors.
Charges against federal defense contractors are the most prevalent government fraud cases in the past several years and are almost always filed against the corporate entity itself. Among the many components of a Tampa government contract fraud case are assessment of liability, request for reimbursement / restitution and the imposition of fines.
Government fraud charges may be on the rise. The federal Department of Justice has even created a special procurement fraud task force to increase the number of fraud investigations against government contractors. Government agencies are also armed with anti-fraud regulations for pursuing government contractors.
The government may, at any time, launch investigations into government contracts. These investigations could relate to bids, procurement, cost allowability, accounting standards, pricing, false claims, debarment and suspension, subcontractor issues, equitable adjustment claims and other compliance matters.
If your business has a contractual relationship with the government and you have some indication that an investigation is imminent, an in-depth consultation with an experienced government fraud defense attorney is advisable. These prosecutions can be financially devastating to a company – due not only to the penalties which can be assessed but also to the the preclusion from future business with the government. Early intervention by reputable counsel can often smooth the waters in this regard.
If you have been charged with government fraud in Tampa or surrounding areas, contact us immediately. Call now at 727-446-7505 or fill out our contact form to have us call you. We can also discuss your case privately in either our Clearwater or Tampa office.