In simple terms, a person commits fraud when using deceit or some fraudulent means to defraud the public of money, property, service or valuable security. Common examples of fraud are Ponzi schemes, selling counterfeit concert tickets, making false claims as to the features of a product, and providing professional advice that is known to be wrong or misleading.
Of course, fraud can take many other forms. However, what they all have in common is the objective to profit from some else’s trust using dishonest tactics. Even if no wealth or property is attained, the fact that there was an attempt can still result in a charge of fraud. Depending on the value of the fraud, a prison sentence could reach 14 years.
To be convicted of fraud requires proof that the accused knowingly did something wrong (for example, charging for a service that was never provided) that would result in some kind of loss for someone else. In many cases, investigations into fraud start off with select individuals being interviewed. Depending on the environment, these interviews may be conducted by company staff, an outside organization (like an accounting firm), or the police.
Just because you are being asked to be interviewed does not mean you are guilty of fraud. However, what you say could make the things difficult for you. Do not let yourself be interviewed by anyone in these situations without having contacted Michael Juskey first. He will inform you of your rights and assist you during the investigative process.