There is more to being a victim of fraud than the financial setback. There is also the feeling of having been cheated. We understand that in addition to a financial remedy, you would want an acknowledgment that you have been wronged.
Even if a criminal investigation did not punish the perpetrator, there are civil remedies available to victims of fraud. It is easier to make a finding of fraud in a civil case than in a criminal case.
Although fraud can happen in almost any circumstances, civil fraud claims commonly come from:
- Fraudulent investment schemes;
- Fraudulent real estate transactions;
- Creditor fraud – including fraudulent sales of a business or assets;
Essentially, under civil law you have been defrauded if:
- You have been told a lie;
- The person lying knew it was a lie;
- You acted on the lie;
- Your actions caused you a loss.
This is a legal test that has been developed by the courts over centuries. At O’Connor Richardson we have extensive experience in civil litigation matters.
If you believe you have been the victim of a civil fraud, we can advise you on the appropriate next steps, and represent you in an action to recover your losses.
We will do our best to make sure that the responsible people are held accountable and that the perpetrators of the fraud cannot hide behind a corporation.