Hazing is a crime in Florida (Florida Statute 1006.63). Recently, the suspicious death of a FAMU marching band member led to an investigation into alleged hazing practices within the marching band and at the university. But, according to a CNN news report, authorities may have found more than just hazing going on at the school.

The investigation into the student's death uncovered a possible fraud scheme at the university. A source close to the investigation revealed that the fraud is not related to the student's death. After having discovered the possible fraud, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued letters to the state university system and the heads of the FAMU board informing them of the initiation of a separate investigation as the result of new information which potentially leads to misconduct and fraud by employees and others at the university. What type of fraud it may be is yet unknown.

White collar crimes, such as fraud, can be very complicated and involve many different people and/or organizations. There are various types of fraud, all of which are a form of theft. Some common forms of fraud include:

  • Bank fraud;
  • Check fraud;
  • Tax fraud;
  • Internet fraud;
  • Mail fraud;
  • Credit card fraud;
  • Insurance fraud; and
  • Healthcare fraud.

In order to be convicted of a fraud offense, the prosecution must prove that the suspect intended to defraud others out of money, rights, or property. Oftentimes, "fraud" is actually an innocent mistake. If you have been charged with fraud in Florida, the experienced Leon County fraud defense attorneys at Musca Law can ensure that you are not charged unjustly. Call us today to learn more about your legal rights and options at (888) 484-5057.