Construction fraud has become of the most common and financially devastating forms of fraudulent activity. This is particularly true in large metropolitan areas such as the District of Columbia.

Victims of Construction Fraud

Construction fraud can occur before, during, and after a construction project. While it may seem simple, if you experience construction fraud, it can directly increase the overall costs of a construction project. Additionally, construction fraud can add residual costs, as you may lose money by not finishing your project on time. Construction fraud usually occurs when a property owner is scammed by a construction company or contractor. However, construction fraud can also impact those who are building the property. Construction fraud can impact all parties involved in the project, including:

  • subcontractors
  • managers and employees
  • contractors
  • investors and lenders
  • condominium purchasers
  • condominium boards
  • purchasers, tenants, and interim occupants

Construction Fraud Schemes

Construction fraud is often perpetrated through a wide variety of different schemes, including:

  • checks payee is a fictitious or non-existing person
  • false and fraudulent checks
  • contractors and subcontractors billing for unperformed work
  • false invoices and purchase orders, and other forged documents
  • hiding unrecoverable costs and hidden cost overruns through contingency funds or hidden in other invoices
  • inflated or fictitious supplies, suppliers, contracts, contractors, services, and employees
  • invoicing for tools and supplies used on other projects
  • home Repair Scam
  • kickbacks, bribes, and secret commissions to lead contractors, suppliers, or employees
  • seniors construction scam
  • renovation Scam
  • substitution with inferior materials or removing materials for personal or alternative uses

Urgent Injunctions and Other Assistance When Construction Fraud

If you experience fraud, suspect that someone you are working with is committing fraud, or were falsely accused of fraud, it is important to receive legal assistance immediately to minimize the chance of suffering additional damage. Furthermore, initiating this process quickly ensures that your rights are preserved. Our District of Columbia construction fraud lawyers can assist you with the following issues:

  • investigating suspicious activity and offer advice on possible fraudulent actions
  • seeking urgent assistance from the court for:
    • access to accounts and records to determine whether fraud has occurred and where stolen assets or materials are being held
    • finding, inspecting and preserving evidence of fraud and loss from fraud
  • providing practical and affordable legal representation to seek a positive resolution to the dispute and
  • engaging forensic accountants and other financial and construction experts to inspect documentation and provide reports concerning fraud.

Do Not Delay

Whether you are a construction company owner, contractor, subcontractor, architect, or material supplier Antonoplos & Associates group of District of Columbia construction fraud lawyers can provide you with the swift legal action that you need to defend yourself against fraud claims or file a fraud claim. Furthermore, because of the care necessary to successfully submit a fraud claim, you can even initiate the lawsuit process before the full extent of the fraudulent scheme and your financial losses have yet to be revealed.