Asked in Banking for Florida

Q: I worked for a real estate company that contracted with bank owned property management companies to inspect properties.

I submitted some photos that I had taken for prior months & now I’m told they are investigating me for bank fraud. I’m trying to find out if that’s even possible to charge me with bank fraud, if you think that it’s probable being there was like 5 photos like that & they charged me $15 each for two of them already (I was only paid $8 per inspection). Plus my employer hasn’t paid me for 2wks. Should I be expecting the cops or u think the bank may have a lawyer contact me? My ex boss says he doesn’t have any info & wont give me any contact for the investigation.

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
Answered
  • Business Law Lawyer
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: It's not clear what you did, who are investigating you, or who told you this. You probably should consult with an attorney and in the mean time cease posting in public media.

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Martin George Prego
Martin George Prego
Answered
  • Business Law Lawyer
  • Miami
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Banks do have the responsibility to monitor, review, detect, and report suspicious activity. However, the former should not be interpreted as a positive response to your question as to whether you could be charged with "fraud." There are no enough information within your email to assess the matter properly. If you would like to discuss further, please visit my website www.pregolawgroup.com to set up a consultation.

Regards, MGP

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
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  • Business Law Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: It is very difficult for me (or any other experienced banking lawyer) to understand how any of this silly unimportant stuff could possibly amount to "bank fraud."

If the bank's contracted property management company is claiming that you did not actually go to each property and did not shake the doors, rattle the windows, kick the tires, take enough pictures, or whatever, and are saying that you submitted "fraudulent" visitation reports, they are sadly mistaken about that (stupid) behavior being "bank fraud."

So try to relax; you are not going to be arrested and go to jail. IMO, the worst thing that can possibly happen to you is that your employer could cancel your contract of fire you, whatever.

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