Have you ever seen one of those social media posts with a stack of money that asks if you want to make cash quick? A client of ours at the Law Offices of Robert E. Brown saw a page just like this, followed the steps outlined by the scammer, and before they knew it was arrested by the police for grand larceny in the third degree, as well as criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree. These charges equaled a D felony, which carries up to 7 years in jail.
You're probably wondering, how can something as innocent as following a page that'll help you pay your bills end up so badly. Well, allegedly an individual lost $226,000 out of their Citibank account, and under the guidance of a friend who also fell for the scheme, our client received a wire worth $15,739.49. They withdrew $4,000 out of a Staten Island bank, and ultimately the police arrested them.
With our expert legal counsel, our client was able to escape a long term jail sentence and received only 5 years probation and the status of a youthful offender, meaning that the record is eventually sealed, does not have to be reported to colleges or work, and does not prohibit our client from holding public office.
If you or a loved one are faced with a similar scenario, let us at the Law Offices of Robert E. Brown work on your behalf to reach a similar outcome!