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Both federal and state agencies are cracking down on investment fraud violators. Penalties for violating federal laws, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley law, could bring a conviction of up to 25 years in prison or levy heavy fines in the millions of dollars. It is therefore vital to retain a qualified investment fraud attorney to protect your interests as well as your freedom. At the Law Offices of Ashley D. Adams PLC, our experienced investment fraud attorney can provide you with a solid defense at every stage of the proceedings. If you are being investigated or have been charged with an investment fraud crime, you need a knowledgeable investment fraud attorney with a track record of successful investment fraud representation. Call our investment fraud lawyer today for a free case evaluation.


Investment fraud is usually defined as any scheme that induces a private investor to give money under false or fraudulent pretenses. Any kind of action can be investment fraud if the purpose is to induce the victim to invest money into something that is either non-existent or is not what it is represented to be. Investment fraud is a white collar crime that is usually committed by brokerage firms, financial advisors, or stock advisors. When these advisors fail to provide their clients with fair and consistent information about their investments, or give false or misleading information, they have committed investment fraud. This type of white collar crime is a serious criminal offense, and is usually investigated and prosecuted by a state attorney general’s office or federal agencies such as the FBI, IRS, or SEC. For this reason, anyone charged with investment fraud should consult an experienced investment fraud lawyer. At Law Offices of Ashley D. Adams PLC, our investment fraud lawyer can provide effective, reliable legal counsel and aggressive defense tactics to combat such serious criminal charges.


Investment fraud usually involves falsification of company information to potential or current investors. This makes a company look successful in order to obtain money from investors. Misleading information can include any of the following:

  • forged financial documents
  • inaccurate loan documentation
  • falsification or exaggeration of assets, actual revenues, or expected investment returns
  • understatement of company costs and liabilities
  • failure to disclose material facts

Other common types of investment fraud can include any of the following:

  • Ponzi or pyramid schemes (a marketing scam where a director or manager of finances solicits investors with the promise of a given return rate – instead of paying investors with profits from actual investments, the investors are paid with the principal given to the director or manager from new investors)
  • Insider trading
  • Advanced fee scheme
  • Embezzlement (spending from client funds or accounts, altering account information, underreporting profits, billing from a false vendor account, creation of phantom employees)
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Accounting fraud
  • Shareholder fraud (when a corporation’s employees misrepresent or withhold information with the intent to deceive shareholders, or when corruption diminishes shareholder equity)
  • Letter of credit fraud
  • Private note bank fraud
  • Market manipulation


At Ashley D. Adams PLC , we know the dangers our clients face after they have been charged with investment fraud. If convicted, penalties can be devastating. Our investment fraud lawyer provides tailored and diligent representation with the goal of avoiding conviction so that the client can return to his or her normal way of life and put the charges behind them. Call our investment fraud lawyer today for a free case evaluation.


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Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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The attorneys at Ashley Adams PLC handle federal criminal cases and state criminal cases throughout Arizona including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Maricopa, Gilbert, Peoria, Surprise, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Chandler, Casa Grande, Florence, Queen Creek, Deer Valley, North Pinal and Sun City as well as those living in and around Maricopa County, Pinal County, Pima County, Yuma County and Yavapai County.