WIRE FRAUD UNDER FEDERAL LAW
Wire fraud can get a little complicated and involves some tricky legal concepts. It’s a crime that is similar to mail fraud but involves communication over wires instead of through the mail. In general, it involves a scheme to defraud that’s carried out with the use of electronic communications, such as: the telephone, computers, internet, cell phones and interstate wires. The crime is often broken down into four elements and a prosecutor must prove all four to convict a person of the crime. These elements are: (1) a person created or joined a scheme to defraud an entity for financial gain; (2) the scheme was carried out to defraud others; (3) the person had reasonable knowledge that wire communications were necessary to complete the fraud; and, (4) interstate or foreign wire communications were used for the fraud. Like mail fraud, wire fraud is a federal offense.
PENALTIES FOR MAIL AND WIRE FRAUD
The penalties for both crimes are indeed harsh. They include the possibility of decades in jail, thousands of dollars in fines, home detention, years of probation, and restitution payments. Penalties can also increase if certain aggravating factors are involved in the commission of the crimes. For example, penalties will grow steeper if either fraud was committed in connection with a disaster event, or, if the fraud specifically impacted a financial institution.
DEFENSES FOR MAIL AND WIRE FRAUD
A person charged with either mail or wire fraud is not without hope. Legal defenses to these crimes do exist. For example, fraud charges can get dismissed or reduced upon a showing that the government failed in its investigation. “Failure” here means that the government did not gather enough facts to prove its case, or it violated procedural rules in its collection of evidence.
No matter the defense used, however, please know that it will require a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney to challenge fraud charges. The fraud attorneys at Black Law have the skill and experience you’re looking for. They have over two decades of combined experience defending clients on fraud charges. They are smart in their work and passionate in their representation. Contact them today and get the assistance you deserve.