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Most Common Types of Fraud in Illinois

 Posted on February 21, 2024 in Criminal Defense

DuPage County criminal defense lawyerFraud is a common complication in our society and is often considered a white-collar crime. Because of how broad the term is, many different types of fraud crimes exist. Some types of fraud are more common than others, and thankfully, Illinois provides many defense options for those looking at fraud charges. The first line of defense is to secure yourself an experienced and skillful attorney to help build an effective defense strategy.

What Fraud Means In Illinois

Fraud is considered a deceptive practice in Illinois. Many different acts can be included in fraud, but the overall premise is the intention to deceive another individual to obtain something of value. Fraud can consist of many acts and be difficult to prove in court. It can range from minor offenses to felony charges, and a conviction can have long-term negative effects.

Identity Theft

Possibly the most common form of fraud is identity theft. Identity theft consists of one individual using another individual’s personal information without authorization to commit fraud. The personal information used can include a person’s:

  • Full name
  • Social security number
  • Home address

At a minimum, identity theft in Illinois is considered a Class 4 felony and can escalate depending on the circumstances.

Computer Fraud

Computer fraud is when a person knowingly accesses a computer system with deceptive intent to execute a scheme, alter or delete a program, or use a program to obtain something valuable from another person or entity. Similar to identity theft, the lowest charge is that of a Class 4 felony, which could escalate to a Class 2 felony depending on the circumstances.


Creating a false document intending to defraud an individual or entity is considered forgery. Using forged checks in an attempt to defraud an individual or bank out of their money or property is considered an act of fraud. Forging checks specifically is considered financial institution fraud. This is not to be confused with writing a bad check, considered fraud, but to a lesser degree.

Contact a DuPage County, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

Fraud charges are no laughing matter. It is important to have a strategic defense in place to protect your rights, which is where an experienced Naperville, IL, fraud defense lawyer comes into play. The Law Office of Philip R. Nathe can help formulate a strategic defense that will safeguard your rights and look to get the charges against you dropped or reduced. Contact the office for a free consultation by dialing 630-416-7600 today.

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