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Credit Card Fraud

Allegations that you committed credit card fraud may have come about through one of these scenarios:

  • You allegedly used someone else’s credit card without their consent.
  • You allegedly used credit card numbers, which you obtained during a retail transaction by the owner of the credit card, to make unauthorized purchases.
  • You accepted payment via credit card for goods or services that you did not deliver, and the buyer reported the transactions to law enforcement.

Whatever the particulars of your credit card fraud defense needs, you are doing the right thing by searching for a credit card fraud attorney to advise and represent you.

Defending New Yorkers From Law Offices in Albany, Schenectady & New York City

The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC handles a wide range of criminal law matters on behalf of adults and juveniles, including white collar crimes and property crimes. We assist clients in Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, the Capital Region and throughout New York State. We defend New Yorkers in all Federal District Courts (Northern District of New York, Western District of New York, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York).

Our attorneys are detail-oriented, client-oriented and results-oriented. We welcome your call or e-mail. We are prepared to defend your constitutional rights and help you move on to a less troubled future after an arrest on suspicion of credit card fraud.

Note: If your case is still in the rumor and investigation stage, and you have not yet been formally charged, The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC can help. Our representation can be instrumental in obtaining favorable outcomes in pre-arrest and pre-trial stages.

Credit Card Fraud Leads to Other Charges in New York City

Although theft of services and unlawful use of a credit card are both considered class A misdemeanors in New York’s five boroughs, including The Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn, they are often associated with other, more serious crimes, including:

Larceny: The NY larceny statute proscribes the taking of property by false pretenses. This means that a person who uses someone else’s credit card to obtain goods, money, property, or services can be charged with larceny. In New York City, petit larceny is also considered a class A misdemeanor.

Grand Larceny: Petit larceny can be elevated to grand larceny when the value of the goods or property obtained with the stolen credit card exceeds $1,000. If the amount exceeds $3,000, the offender can be charged with third degree grand larceny (a class D felony) and sentenced to as many as seven years in New York State Prison.

Identity Theft: When a person uses someone else’s credit card, he or she is essentially assuming the credit card holder’s identity. Depending on the value of the goods obtained and whether any other high-level felonies were also committed, credit card theft in NYC or Brooklyn can lead to first degree identity theft charges (a class D felony) and a term of incarceration of up to seven years in NY State Prison.

Criminal Possession of Stolen Property: Merely being in possession of a stolen credit card in the Five Boroughs, including NYC, The Bronx or Staten Island, could lead to fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property charges. This is considered a class E felony, which is punishable by between one year and four years in state prison.

Forgery: Signing a credit card belonging to someone else could result in second degree forgery charges. This is a very serious crime, classified as a class D felony and punishable by up to seven years in state prison.

Contact a Schenectady White Collar Crime Lawyer

If you have been charged with a white collar crime such as identity theft or credit card fraud and need to speak with an attorney, schedule a consultation at our Albany, Schenectady or New York City law office. Call us at 866-642-3807 or email us directly.