Fox Firm, P.C. Articles Odometer Fraud Is On The Increase

Odometer Fraud Is On The Increase

By Douglas Fox  Dec. 15, 2010 9:30a

Fraud, no matter what type, is still illegal and can be characterized by the use of deceit, violation of trust or concealment in some form. The deception is deliberate and is used to obtain unlawful gains. Odometer fraud is a type of fraud that may not be commonly known about but it is on the increase.

Digitalized Odometers

With the technological advancements in the auto industry and almost everything now being digitalized, odometer roll backs are making a big comeback according to Christopher Basso of Carfax. Digital odometers are widespread and people are nor getting software from the internet as opposed to cracking open dash boards and cranking back the odometers by hand. As there are no physical signs of tampering using this method, it's much harder to detect.

According to the most recent statistics available, odometer rollbacks increased 57% from 2004-2008. Also, as reported by Basso, over the past five years there has been a near 60% increase in the number of vehicles "reported" with odometer rollbacks and there are many that go unreported due to consumers being unaware of any existing problem.

Fraud in Georgia

Fraud in Georgia can be classified as a white collar crime but also as a theft crime in some circumstances. These are normally felony crimes and the charges will vary depending on the type of fraud committed, the amount or value of the property concerned, the number of people affected by the fraud and whether the offender has a criminal history. If convicted of fraud, you may have to spend time in jail or prison, pay restitution to victims, perform community service, and be placed on probation or parole.

If you or someone you love has been charged with fraud in Gwinnett County or another area in Georgia, it would be wise to consult with an experienced Gwinnett County criminal defense attorney to avoid being convicted. At the Law Office of Douglas Fox, Attorney at Law, we specialize in criminal defense law, including fraud. We are experienced and aggressive both in and out of the courtroom. We know you value your freedom and will thoroughly investigate the charges against you with the intention of helping you avoid a conviction and having a criminal record.

Contact a Gwinnett County Fraud Defense Lawyer in our office for a free case evaluation.

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