Arizona Procurement Fraud Attorney
Many businesses work with government entities in some capacity. This means that business has to be carried out very carefully because one mistake could lead to an accusation of procurement fraud or another crime. It doesn’t matter if procurement fraud was really committed; it is the perception that it occurred or the belief that there is evidence that the act happened and that the government entity was harmed in some way. In all reality, nothing wrong may have happened.
As for what procurement fraud is, procurement fraud is a bidding issue where bids for projects may not be as cut and dry as they are represented to be. This is a scheme that can keep public agencies from paying the lowest possible price for goods and services that they need. This hurts them financially and can ultimately do harm to businesses that bid on projects fairly with the best of intentions when it come to fulfilling the contract in question.
Types Of Procurement Fraud
Procurement fraud comes in a number of forms. They include:
- Price fixing
- Defective pricing
- Mischarging for the cost of labor
- Bid rigging
- Process payments fraud
- Allocation and market division schemes
- Bribing public officials
- False statements associated with procurement of contracts
- Product substitution
- Defective parts
Procurement fraud can also occur when individuals are being selected for a job. Bribes and kickbacks can become a part of the equation and this is illegal. For instance, a company submitting a bid can give the bidder some kind of kickback if they are chosen for the project. This takes the fairness out of the bidding process and doesn’t allow for fair competition.
Phoenix Federal Crimes Representation
Procurement fraud does have to be proven. If evidence is weak, then the vulnerabilities have to be exposed in order to achieve a positive outcome in the case. Myles A. Schneider puts together a plan that involves getting to the bottom of the matter. While there are legitimate claims of procurement fraud, there are just as many cases of false accusations or a person simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes individuals within businesses find themselves pulled into schemes that they had nothing to do with. Fortunately, an aggressive defense means proving this fact and that person getting to go home and move on with their life.
Contact A Phoenix Procurement Fraud Lawyer
If you or your business is being investigated for or you have been charged with procurement fraud, you may be wondering what to do now. The first thing to do is call your attorney so that you can talk about your case and a plan put in place. It may be possible to keep you from being charged at all or for charges to be dropped through negotiation with the prosecution. If charges cannot be dropped, then Myles A. Schneider can negotiate for reduced charges and represent you in the toughest way possible in court. To find out more, call 602-926-7373 to schedule your free consultation.