Criminal charges can have severe consequences, even before the accused has the opportunity to be heard in court. However, a conviction can ruin anyone's life, and for that reason, securing experienced criminal defense can improve the chances of a suitable outcome. Five Washington men who are accused of being members of a fraud ring will likely rely on skilled legal counsel to preserve their legal rights.
According to authorities in Seattle, the five individuals were recently indicted by a federal grand jury. They are facing wire fraud charges that arose after allegedly defrauding a retailer and its clients to the value of approximately $800,000. Court documents indicate allegations that the fraud ring members compromised the national retailer's internal gift card system.
It is alleged that the men deciphered the identifying numbers of store gift cards. They then used the store's automated telephone system for verification of the balances on the cards before stealing the funds and using the money to commit fraud. The unsuspecting cardholders only discovered their zero balances when they tried to use the gift cards for purchases.
Those in Washington who are accused of crimes may find themselves judged by the public before their cases have even been heard in a courtroom. This typically happens, even though they are innocent in the eyes of the law until, and only if, the prosecution can prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court. For this reason, the services and advocacy of an experienced criminal defense attorney are crucial. A Washington lawyer can launch an independent investigation to gather information on which a strong defense can be built to achieve the best possible outcome.