Facing fraud allegations is never a simple experience, and even once you overcome them, the allegations themselves may leave a mark on your personal and professional reputation.
Unfortunately, in the complex world of business we live in today, it is often not always apparent when you cross a fuzzy line between “legal” and “illegal.” This is especially true if you work as a part of a large, interdependent group of professionals and rarely look outside of your own area of practice.
The first thing to keep in mind whenever you’re face any criminal charge, especially fraud, is that silence is truly golden. You should not speak to anyone about the matter more than is absolutely necessary, at least not without the guidance of an attorney who can help you communicate clearly while keeping your rights protected.
This includes not only law enforcement, but also colleagues, friends and even family. The less that you say, the safer you and everyone around you remains until the dust settles. Should the matter move from mere allegations to actual charges, anyone that you speak about the matter with may receive a subpoena to testify against you, so the best thing that you can do to protect yourself and the ones you love is to simply remain silent.
Do not underestimate just how destructive fraud charges can be, even if they are completely unfounded. This is why it is extremely important to defend your rights and reputation with all the resources and tools around you. When the dust settles, the effort that you put into defending yourself and your reputation may pay serious dividends and help you get back on the path to a satisfying, successful personal and professional life.