Theft & Fraud

Theft And Fraud Cases In Columbus And Central Ohio People find themselves in a variety of circumstances that lead to accusations of theft and/or fraud.  Some intentionally broke the rules, while others did not understand the rules or just made mistakes.  While their circumstances vary, clients charged with theft and fraud offenses all have one thing in common:  they need an effective criminal defense attorney to achieve the best possible outcome for them because a conviction for a theft or fraud offense can have serious consequences.

Attorney For Ohio Theft & Fraud Defense Shawn Dominy became interested in theft and fraud cases as a college student at The Ohio State University.  As he studied criminology, Shawn Dominy also worked as a store detective at a department store.  In addition to apprehending shoplifters, he also conducted investigations of theft and fraud by employees.  Coincidentally (or not), one of his co-workers became a detective with a large police department investigating theft and fraud, and Shawn Dominy became a criminal defense attorney representing clients charged with theft and fraud.  Since 1997, Shawn Dominy has represented many clients charged with various theft and fraud offenses.

Various Ohio Theft And Fraud Charges
  • Theft is generally defined as exerting control over another’s property or services without their consent.  Theft includes embezzlement from an employer and theft offenses involving vehicles. 
  • Misuse Of Credit Cards includes procuring a credit card by deception and obtaining property or services using a credit card when the card was obtained illegally.
  • Forgery includes forging the document of another without that person’s authority and uttering (presenting) a forged document.
  • Medicaid Fraud includes making misleading representations to obtain payment under the medical assistance program and accepting payment for services in addition to the payments from the medical assistance program.
  • Insurance Fraud is generally making a fraudulent insurance claim or application.
  • Worker’s Compensation Fraud is generally receiving worker’s compensation benefits to which the person is not entitled.
  • Identity Fraud is possessing or using personal identifying information of another without the other’s consent and posing as that person or representing the other person’s information as their own.
Sentences For Ohio Theft And Fraud Charges Theft and fraud offenses may be misdemeanors or felonies, usually depending on the value of the property or services stolen.  These offenses involve possible incarceration, fines, probation, and restitution.  A conviction for a theft or fraud offense becomes a permanent public record carrying a stigma of dishonesty which can greatly affect one’s reputation and employment opportunities.

Strategies For Defending Against Theft And Fraud Charges When Shawn Dominy represents a client in a theft or fraud case, he takes a two-part approach.  First, he explores the option of a diversion program which leads to the charges being dismissed.  Second, he conducts an investigation of the facts, reviews the evidence, researches the applicable law, files motions to suppress unlawfully obtained evidence, negotiates with prosecutors, and tries the case to a jury if appropriate.  Shawn Dominy communicates with clients regularly and gives an educated evaluation of the case so clients can make fully informed decisions about resolving their cases.  In some cases, the allegation cannot be proven.  If a charge can be proven, the focus shifts to getting the charge reduced and mitigating the sentence.  Shawn Dominy works hard to achieve a resolution which improves the outcome of your situation.

Representation For Theft And Fraud Cases In Columbus And Central Ohio As an attorney serving Columbus Ohio and the central Ohio area since 1997, Shawn Dominy has helped many clients charged with theft and fraud offenses in Franklin County, Delaware County, and other central Ohio courts.  In many cases, clients are able to get charges reduced or even dismissed, and they are often able to have the records for the case sealed (expunged).  The Dominy Law Firm charges flat fees for representation in theft and fraud cases, so clients know the total fee before making the hiring decision.  If you would like a to discuss your case and how Shawn Dominy can help, please email the Dominy Law Firm or call 614-717-1177 to arrange a free initial consultation.