of Financial Crime
As a victim
of crime, your assistance is important to ensure that justice
is achieved. Investigations of financial crime may be complex
and involve several law enforcement agencies. The criminal
justice process ensures that all defendants are presumed innocent
until proven guilty in a criminal court.
If you remember
or learn of new information about the crime, contact your case
agent or coordinator. You may also input the information at
the online Victim Notification
System. It's important to report
any address changes during an investigation or prosecution.
If your case
is indicted, the U.S. Attorney's Office will contact you. You
have the right to be apprised of the continuing status of your
case, to provide a victim-impact statement, to request restitution,
and to learn about a defendant's release from prison. Coordinators
at each office will serve as your liaison throughout the process
to answer questions and address your concerns. Some rights
may be available only if your case is accepted for prosecution.
Can Do About Financial Losses
and save paperwork related to your loss. If an arrest and conviction
is obtained, the judge will consider requiring the offender to
pay you for certain losses (called restitution). You may be asked
to provide verification of your loss amount.
may be tax deductible. Consult a qualified tax advisor or the
Internal Revenue Service to see if they qualify.
You may be
able to recover losses through a civil lawsuit against the
perpetrator of the crime. Your state or local bar association
lists attorneys who specialize in this area of law and can
determine if your case is appropriate for civil action. Small
claims courts in the county where the crime occurred may also
be of help.
Your Money Back
The sentencing judge may order a convicted defendant to pay restitution
to victims of certain crimes. For some federal crime, it is mandatory
for convicted defendants to pay restitution. However, it's possible
you will never receive meaningful restitution from convicted
defendants with no money or limited potential to make money,
particularly in fraud cases with many victims. Regardless, the
federal government will work earnestly to ensure that any assets
owned by a sentenced defendant are considered for court-ordered
Can Do to Address Financial or Credit Problems
Some victims experience severe financial losses, rendering them
unable to meet financial obligations. If your personal or financial
information is stolen, your credit and your immediate finances
may be affected.
- Contact your
creditors and a nonprofit credit counseling service, who may
help you reduce or modify your payments, or to limit access
to your accounts.
- Be alert.
Con artists may contact victims, claiming to help recover
losses for a fee, or may sell your name to other fraudsters.
If called, contact your case agent or one of the agencies
listed to verify the company's legitimacy.
- For more
information on what to do if you think you are a victim of
identity theft, please visit the Identity
Theft Resource Center Web site (http://www.idtheftcenter.org/)
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