The U.S. federal government sponsors numerous programs, which in most cases are administered through local and state authorities as well as some private organizations. They amount for billions of dollars, and such large sums allure a lot of unscrupulous persons and businesses. Billions of taxpayers’ money are wasted annually on federal program abuse, fraud and bribery. Therefore, the federal government zealously investigates into alleged offenses and prosecutes such cases.

New York federal criminal lawyers at Joseph Potashnik and Associates PC are experienced in representing clients in litigations processes related to white-collar offenses. We defend clients accused of embezzlement, larceny, money laundering and other crimes. Utilize the expertise and tenacity of our white-collar defense attorneys to your ultimate benefit.

Theft of Federal Funds

Title 18 U.S.C. Section 666 is the legislation under which misapplication and theft of federal programs money, property and services are prosecuted. It is the statute whose main goal is to protect federal programs funds from misappropriation, diversion and theft. It applies to agents of organizations that receive over $10,000 annually from the federal government in the form of a grant, contract, subsidies, loans, guarantees, insurance, etc. The law also applies to those who offer, give, solicit or receive bribes in order to influence appropriation of such funds. In order to secure conviction under this statute, the prosecutors must prove that the defendant stole over $5,000 of the funds.

The legislation covers a number of prohibited acts – embezzlement, larceny, fraud, intentional misapplication, and knowing conversion without authority, all of which have their specific elements which need to be proved in addition to the law’s general elements to ensure the defendant’s conviction.

Hire Federal Criminal Lawyers in New York City

Federal criminal defense attorneys at NYC firm Joseph Potashnik and Associates have been defending complex white-collar fraud cases in federal courts for decades. Combined, we have handled over a thousand of federal cases and taken over a hundred cases to trial. If you are investigated for any fraud against the government, we can help you. Speak with us as soon as you can. We will meet you for a confidential evaluation of your case. If we represent you, we will choose the optimal defense strategy utilizing our experience with previous similar cases.

If you or someone you know is under investigation or has been arrested for theft from a federally funded program, give us a call to schedule a confidential consultation!