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Don't let the prosecutor spend more time on your case than you do

When you are facing a securities fraud charge, it might feel like the odds against you are insurmountable. This isn't necessarily the case. You have to work hard to come up with a defense plan, but that plan might help you to reach your ultimate goal.

What does securities fraud mean?

When people hear the term "securities fraud," they might not realize that this term encompasses more than one type of illegal activity. It is imperative that anyone who is facing charges related to securities fraud understands exactly what they are being charged with.

3 types of securities fraud

Securities fraud is usually the result of false or misleading statements about a company or stock -- or omission of important information about a company or stock. When others make investment decisions as a result of the misrepresented or omitted information, and they suffer financial damages, it could give rise to a securities fraud claim.

Options exist for recouping investment loss due to fraud

People who have lost money because of securities fraud have several different options that they can consider when they want to try to recoup their money. In most cases, this is a difficult process that will be fairly drawn out; however, this doesn't mean that it is impossible.

Securities fraud probe results in yet another arrest

Another one of the executives of the now-defunct Kit Digital video management software and service company has been arrested for a combination of conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud. He's the seventh person to end up facing criminal charges since Kit Digital went into bankruptcy in 2013.

These common behaviors are actually forms of identity theft

Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing areas of criminal prosecution, at least within the family of white collar crimes. That is partially because the proliferation of electronic record-keeping and commerce has opened new opportunities for forgery and other forms of fraud that are part of the foundation of these crimes, but it is also because identity theft laws have criminalized some behaviors and raised the penalties on others, leading to situations where people often fail to understand whether something they are doing constitutes identity theft.

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