If you are convicted of a federal fraud, you could face serious penalties such as high fines and time in prison. Fraud is normally a financial crime, so the financial implications of getting caught committing fraud can be extreme.
Federal crimes can quickly lead to harsh penalties, and convictions often come with imprisonment. Take for example a case reported by the U.S. Department of Justice. They announced that 43 people who were defendants in a firearms and drug-trafficking investigation have been charged and convicted of those crimes.
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens from unlawful search and seizure. In most cases, you have the right to refuse a police search and doing so may be wise. If the police ask for permission to search your person, car, or property, you can say no.
In national news, a Florida deputy has been accused of planting drugs in vehicles, then arresting people on made-up drug charges moments later. You might wonder why this is of any importance to you in Georgia but being so close to Florida, there's a possibility that you've traveled there or been caught up in this unusual circumstance.
Fraud charges can be so serious that you end up in prison for many years. Violating federal fraud laws typically results in felony charges after long investigations where forensic accountants piece together exactly where your money has come from and how you received it. If it wasn't legal, then you can be arrested.