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Business fraud is a serious issue that can have a significant impact on those affected, including other businesses. Business fraud occurs when one party uses trickery or deceit in order to obtain value or to gain an unfair advantage over another party. When a business fraud is perpetrated by one business upon another, the financial consequences can be significant.
Fortunately, companies that have suffered a financial harm because of fraud can often recover for the losses they have sustained by filing a legal action against the person or party that defrauded them. A business attorney can assist companies who have been victims of fraud.
There are many ways in which a business can be the victim of fraud. The following are some of the more frequent types of fraud our legal team has worked on.
Fraud Perpetrated by Employees or Officers
One common source of fraud against business comes from their own employees or corporate officers. These kinds of frauds can occur in a number of ways, including the theft or misappropriation of assets, overbilling hours, fabricated travel expenses, intellectual property theft, corporate espionage, receipt fraud, procurement fraud, and false workers’ compensation claims, just to name a few.
Customers can be another source of fraud against a business. Examples of the kinds of fraudulent activities in which customers may engage include using stolen credit cards to purchase goods or services, writing bad checks, switching price tags, attempting to return items that were not purchased at a particular store, or filing fraudulent legal claims against a business.
Many businesses use contractors to provide goods or perform services. Contractors may attempt to defraud a business by charging for work not performed, overbilling, accepting kickbacks, failing to provide the agreed-upon product, or simply not delivering the ordered goods. These kinds of frauds can be difficult to detect as businesses do not control the way in which a contractor performs the service or provides the goods for which the contractor was engaged. For this reason, business owners should always be vigilant in ensuring that the work performed by a contractor is in accordance with the agreement into which they entered.
Criminal Proceedings Are Distinct from a Civil Suit
Importantly, any criminal proceedings initiated against a fraudster that impacted a business are completely separate from a civil lawsuit through which a business could recover for the losses it sustained as a result of the fraud. In order to seek compensation, the business must initiate a legal action in state court alleging fraud, which is why it is highly advisable for businesses that have been the victims of fraud to discuss their options with an experienced lawyer.
Contact a Business Attorney Today
Business owners or corporate officers that believe that their company has been affected by fraud should contact a business lawyer Abingdon, VA trusts immediately. Skilled business fraud lawyers dedicated to representing the rights of businesses both alleging fraud and those that have been accused of fraud.
Thank you to our friends and contributors from The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their insight into business law and fraud.