Bank fraud is the use of illegal means to recover money, and other types of assets or property owned by a financial institution. Bank fraud is a frightening offense to be charged with, not only because it is prosecuted by the Federal Government, but the stigma that will be associated with your name if you are found guilty. Bank fraud has been highlighted in the media as one of the primary reasons for the economic downturn and the recession. Therefore, any association of your name with bank fraud has the potential of leading to negative connotations which can affect your future job status, credit score, and even family situation. It is therefore important to secure an experienced federal attorney in who will fight hard to win your case.