Security Fraud

Serious felony charges demand a high-caliber defense. Time after time, LaRene & Kriger PLC has prevailed in some of the biggest criminal cases in Michigan. We understand what’s at stake. Put your trust in our long track record of trial and appellate success.

Security Fraud Defense Attorneys in Detroit, Michigan 

Both state and federal governments prosecute security fraud charges, and the penalties for a conviction are severe. Michigan law specifically mandates that an individual who has been convicted of security fraud will serve up to 10 years in prison, while federal law provides for up to 20 years. People at all levels of an investment firm or corporation can face charges, from executives to staff, if a party alleges that they engaged in deceptive or fraudulent actions while doing business. 

If you have been charged with security fraud, you need the experienced and skilled representation of LaRene & Kriger. We have more than 100 years of combined experience, which means we know what it takes to defend our clients. In addition to our experience, we are meticulous when examining cases and developing a defense. We pride ourselves on providing tailored legal help by working directly with our clients and who prioritizing the quality of our representation over quantity. 

Our attorneys take cases in Wayne County, as well as in Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw Counties. Call (313) 513-6533 or contact us online.

Why Seek the Help of a Security Fraud Defense Attorney?

White collar crimes like security fraud are complex, and the entities that investigate them and pursue charges often have significant resources at their disposal. Because of this, anyone who has been accused of a violation needs a highly experienced attorney with a track record of successfully fighting for their clients. LaRene & Kriger’s attorneys offer just that. During our years of practicing law, we have earned a strong reputation for handling difficult cases and providing clients the support their matter requires. 

For every case, our attorneys can: 

  • Defend your rights in an investigation. Security fraud charges require a great deal of information to pursue. As such, you might have to participate in several investigative interviews or respond to multiple requests for data and information. Unfortunately, these processes have the potential to unfairly compromise your rights. With our counsel and guidance, we can work to identify and avoid any infringements.
  • Develop a personalized defense strategy. Every case we serve requires a great deal of individual attention, which our firm provides. When you seek our help, we will work with you to develop an approach that aims to propel your case toward an ideal end. Our goal as your defense attorneys is to see your charges dismissed or to negotiate an advantageous plea deal.
  • Fight for you, should your case go to trial. With our extensive courtroom experience, our attorneys have the skill and know-how to fight for you during trial.

Cases We Represent 

Security fraud encompasses a wide range of violations, including:

  • Insider trading
  • Broker misconduct 
  • Investment advisor misconduct
  • Pyramid, Ponzi, and advanced fee schemes

Each of these general categories include numerous specific actions. Additionally, the entities that might investigate alleged violations are just as varied. The Department of Justice, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the state of Michigan, and more can all lead inquiries that could result in criminal charges. 

At LaRene & Kriger, our Detroit security fraud defense attorneys know that no two clients’ situations are the same. This means that when our lawyers take on a case, we tailor our defense to the exact allegations and to the entity that has brought charges or that is investigating our client. 

What to Do if the SEC Is Investigating You

There are many instances when the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will investigate suspected fraudulent activity, and in recent years, the frequency of these inquiries has been on the rise. When they happen, the SEC might have received a complaint or decided to make an inquiry based on their own market surveillance. An SEC investigation does not always lead to criminal charges. The commission instead often imposes administrative and civil actions, which can compel the accused to pay various penalties, bar them from serving in certain positions within a company, revoke professional memberships or registrations, and more. 

The SEC will not directly inform you of their investigation but will instead likely send a letter that subpoenas documents and other information. It is important that you comply with the request, as failing to do so could result in penalties. Before submitting anything to the SEC, it is imperative that you seek the counsel of an attorney. 

The Detroit security fraud defense attorneys at LaRene & Kriger can help you thoughtfully navigate the commission’s request and ensure you provide information that does not unnecessarily complicate the investigation or lead to extra penalties. While the SEC’s inquiry can often take months and include a variety of formal processes, our firm can provide you with invaluable counsel to help you demonstrate that the SEC should not pursue actions against you. 

To get our help, call (313) 513-6533 or contact us online.