Fraudulent activity that uses the mail system to execute its purposes is referred to as mail fraud. Originally, only mail fraud covered schemes using some form of U.S. mail, but now mail fraud could be charged if the crime used any mailing service, including couriers and electronic mail. Any deceitful scheme or fraudulent activity using any mail service could result in federal charges.
To convict an individual of mail fraud, the U.S. attorney must prove that:
In many federal cases, mail fraud is added to other criminal charges when mail services of any type were used in the commission of the other offense. Mail fraud is charged as a federal crime, which means the penalties may be significantly more serious than other crimes. Individuals convicted of mail fraud face up to 20 years in prison, fines, or both.
Wire fraud is a serious charge consisting of someone defrauding another of money or property through the use of electronic means, such as requesting a wire transfer from a bank by radio, telephone, or through signs, pictures, or sounds. Wire fraud penalties vary considerably.
Federal crime law 18 U.S.C. § 1343 clearly states the penalties:
When someone is accused of this crime, it has generally been investigated by a federal agency and considerable investigation has typically gone into the charges. That is why it is vitally important that a Las Vegas federal crime attorney is consulted in order to protect your rights.
If you have been charged or are under investigation for fraud, you should obtain skilled legal representation. Okabe & Haushalter can look into all aspects of your case and ensure you defended aggressively. As former prosecutors, both Attorney Haushalter and Attorney Okabe are familiar with tactics used by prosecutors in pursuing a conviction; this experience is a significant advantage for our clients. We know that attention to detail and a thorough analysis of the facts of the case is needed to counter any alleged evidence. Our goal as your defense attorneys is to meticulously investigate your case to determine whether the prosecution’s evidence was obtained legally and to file immediate court challenges in cases of rights violations. Contact a Las Vegas fraud attorney to discuss how we may be able to assist you.