Guidance for arrested fraud
victims: Part I
Please read everything very carefully.
DO NOT take any evidence to the police. Once a
person has been arrested or is considered a person of interest (aka
suspect), the THE POLICE ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS. See
You and Law Enforcement
All evidence goes to your Defense Attorney. See
You and Your Attorney for information about working with
If you cannot afford an attorney and have not yet
obtained a Public Defender, find a Criminal Defense Attorney and
hire him only for the purpose of a consultation and to hold your
evidence such as emails, checks, money orders, blank check paper,
any and all materials associated with the scammer and the scam.
If you do not have an attorney present at the
arraignment/pre-trial, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. Anything you say
becomes public record and can be used against you at trial.
You can safely acknowledge your name and state that
you do not have representation. Period. An arraignment/pre-trial
is when the plea is stated, guilty or not guilty. In a
pre-trial, certain determinations can be made as to whether to
pursue legal action or not. This depends entirely on the rules
of your court and you should consult with your attorney about
process and procedure.
If you do not have representation, the judge or
magistrate will either appoint an attorney present in the court to
represent you for the arraignment/pre-trial or will postpone your
arraignment/pre-trial until you have an attorney.
If you cannot afford an attorney or need to determine
if you qualify for a Public Defender, contact your local Public
Defender's Office to find out when and how Public Defenders are
If you can afford an attorney, you want a Criminal
Defense Attorney. Do not gamble with your life by hiring any other
Give your attorney
to discuss your case with Fraud Aid?s Attorney Liaison Officer,
Chief Fraud Victim Advocate, and the head of our Law Enforcement
After you have given your attorney written permission
to discuss your case with us, send your attorney's contact
information to our Case Manager:
Please ask your attorney to contact Fraud Aid ? all
contact information is listed on the permission letter.
Because of Defense Attorney schedules, we have found
that it is far more efficient for your attorney to get in touch with
us than for us to try to hunt down your attorney.
Definitions and read the entire section so you understand what
has happened, what will happen, and what to watch out for. You
will receive a reminder to do this on the acknowledgment page that
appears after you have completed the Request for Help form.
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After you have submitted the request for help form you will find a link
to Arrest Instructions: Part II
on the acknowledgment page, or you can proceed to Part II now.