What Is the Sentence for Credit Card Fraud?

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Sentences for credit card fraud vary based on jurisdiction and the value of the fraudulent charges. Some states punish felony fraud with up to a $25,000 fine and 15 years in prison. Misdemeanor fraud is punished at up to a $1,500 fine and one year in jail.

The criminal statutes for credit card fraud are not written in a way that specifically prohibits and identifies each potential scheme. Such laws are drafted in general terms intended to cover a number of types of fraudulent behavior; specific penalties are then assigned based on the total value of property or money obtained from the crime.