What Is the Sentence for Credit Card Fraud?


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.