Masontown, PA asked in Contracts and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Does a conviction for 'falsifying a gov. document' alone fall under the term fraud?

I'm a contractor trying to regst. in PA. Form asks if contact has ever been convicted of a crime of fraud. Not sure if that constitutes a "Yes". Conviction was for trying to purchase firearm and answering question wrong.

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Zak Taylor Goldstein
Zak Taylor Goldstein
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: You probably need to speak with an attorney who specializes in these types of contracts and registration documents. The term fraud could have a specific meaning on the form, or they could be asking about fraud in a general sense. In a general sense, it could involve lying on government documents, but the fraud that you would think would apply to a contractor would be more like taking someone's money and not performing the work. I think you probably need to retain an attorney who works in construction law who can help you figure out the best approach.

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