Fraud is the intentional commission of a deceptive act to receive some benefit that belongs to another person or entity. Federal and state laws relating to fraud are extensive and cover everything from simple mail theft to cases of long-term corporate embezzlement. Some fraud crimes are charged as felonies while others are charged as misdemeanors, depending on the facts of the case. This is a field of law that has expanded as growing industries and technology have left open vulnerabilities for cunning thieves and hackers to exploit. Because fraud cases are frequently based on intricate facts that require a certain level of expertise all on their own, you must have an attorney who not only understands the law relating to fraud, but who also has knowledge of the multifaceted details on which fraud cases are based.