Fraud

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Corporate fraud can take many forms, but every type can leave individuals and businesses vulnerable. Individuals and companies convicted of criminal fraud can face fines, jail time, and other consequences. Victims can pursue justice and compensation for their damages through litigation in a civil court.

The South Carolina corporate fraud attorneys at Willcox, Buyck & Williams, PA, have successfully handled a wide range of cases over the years. We can guide you through the complicated area of law so you can pursue the total maximum amount of financial recovery possible. Contact Willcox, Buyck & Williams, PA to learn more about your legal options and how we can advocate for you.

Types of Corporate Cases We Handle

Willcox, Buyck & Williams, PA represents clients, including those financially harmed by insurance companies, banks, mortgage brokers, pharmaceutical companies, realtors, and other corporations. We advocate for business owners and consumers who’ve suffered damages from another party’s fraudulent actions. Our attorneys know how to help people victimized by illegal business practices, including the following:

  • Fraud against the government, including Qui Tam whistleblower cases
  • Insurance company bad faith or fraud
  • Breach of contract
  • Fraud within contracts
  • Breach of warranty
  • Fraud in the sale of a business or franchise
  • Tax fraud
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Financial fraud, such as forgery, misappropriation of funds, or wire fraud
  • Accounting fraud
  • Theft of trade secrets and intellectual property
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Fraudulent advertising and marketing schemes

The Benefits of Working with an Experienced Fraud Attorney

Speaking to an attorney is crucial whether you’re an individual consumer or a business owner who’s suffered a significant financial loss. Willcox, Buyck & Williams, PA will immediately investigate your case and gather evidence. Our skilled negotiators can often negotiate a favorable settlement out of court. 

Should your case proceed to civil litigation, our trial-ready attorneys are prepared to advocate for you in court. Our consumer, commercial, and business dispute practices extend to plaintiffs who pursue compensation and the defense of individuals and corporations facing such allegations. 

What Constitutes Civil Fraud? 

Fraud occurs when a person or corporation makes a false statement or provides a false document that is relied upon by another party, resulting in them losing something of value. It falls into two categories: civil and criminal. 

For fraud to be considered criminal activity, the prosecutor must have enough evidence to prove the defendant committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. The penalties for being found guilty of criminal activity can include jail time and fines. The federal government and every state, including South Carolina, have specific statutes defining different types of criminal charges.

The burden of proof for civil claims is lower than for criminal claims. Victims who’ve suffered financial damages because of another party’s fraudulent activity can pursue compensation in a civil court. The jury doesn’t have to be unanimous for a plaintiff in a civil case to obtain compensation. The purpose of pursuing a civil claim is to reimburse the victim for the financial losses caused by the defendant’s actions.

Do I Have a Case?

If you suspect you’ve been the victim of fraud and you want to know whether or not you have grounds to pursue a civil lawsuit, speaking to an attorney is one of the most important steps you can take. The first thing you need to determine is whether all of the elements have occurred. You’ll need to prove the following:

  • The defendant misrepresented a fact
  • The perpetrator must know or should have the information being presented is false at the time it is presented
  • The perpetrator provided the information with the intention that it would be trusted by the victim 
  • The victim believed the misrepresentation and suffered harm as a result through some type of loss

There are many variables involved in pursuing a civil fraud claim. Even if you aren’t sure whether all of the elements stated above are present, you may be able to obtain compensation. In South Carolina, victims can pursue lawsuits for concealment, negligent misrepresentation, and non-disclosure. You may be able to prove that rather than misrepresenting a fact, a seller failed to reveal a material fact that would have prevented you from making a purchase. 

Representing Victims in South Carolina

Many businesses suffer damage from business fraud at some point. This can cost you money and damage your business relationship with customers, vendors, and shareholders. Taking strong legal action can help you hold perpetrators responsible and pursue a full financial recovery for all your losses, including future losses. We represent victims of misrepresentation, securities fraud, embezzlement, tortious interference, and causes from omitting material facts. 

Commercial Fraud Litigation 

Commercial fraud litigation is a legal action to resolve disputes resulting from business practices. This can include various underlying claims, from within contracts to false advertising. The most common causes of action in commercial litigation cases include misrepresentation, breach of contract, shareholder derivative suits, investment fraud, and consumer fraud. 

Litigation can be complex and require extensive discovery, including depositions and evidence gathering. Succeeding in litigation frequently requires expert financial witnesses. These types of cases result in a years-long process and require the skill and experience of litigators. 

Discuss Your Case with a South Carolina Fraud Attorney

Business fraud litigation can be complex, and working with an experienced attorney is crucial. Whether you’ve been the victim or you’re defending against an accusation, Willcox, Buyck & Williams, PA are prepared to advocate for you and your rights. Obtaining legal counsel as soon as possible is an important first step to protect your rights. Contact Willcox, Buyck & Williams, PA to schedule an initial consultation.