While computer fraud is punishable by federal laws, the state of Louisiana also defines it as a crime, which means if a Louisiana resident commits computer fraud against another person or party in the state, it is possible for a Louisiana prosecutor to bring the perpetrator up on charges. Computer fraud as defined by state law can take a number of forms.
Generally, acts such as defrauding a person or acquiring services or assets through dishonest means are considered acts of fraud. According to state law, computer fraud occurs when a perpetrator utilizes programs on a computer or uses computer data to engage in these offenses. One method of computer fraud involves transmitting emails to an unsuspecting person asking for money or personal information. The email may claim to be from a reputable company, but in reality a scammer is behind the message.
State law also considers unauthorized deletion of computer information to be an act of fraud. It is possible for someone to be deceived by receiving documents that are authentic in many aspects but omit key information that makes the overall data misleading. For instance, someone might receive an offer for a service in exchange for payment but the offer is based on outdated information. Other forms of unauthorized alterations can also be considered computer fraud.
Louisiana law also states that someone may engage in computer fraud not just by using a personal computer or a computer workstation, but also by accessing a computer network or system. This expands the universe of devices that can be considered instruments of computer fraud. So an individual could be guilty of computer fraud by using a workplace Wi-Fi to access the company computers and utilize programs to create fraudulent digital paperwork or transmit fraudulent messages to another party.
Convictions of computer fraud on top of associated computer crime charges such as computer tampering and sending unsolicited bulk email can cost you a lot of money and result in jail time. Knowing the defense options available to you is important. Since computer fraud cases take many forms, remember that this article only offers general information and not legal advice.