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12-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The…

11-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law…

10-05-2016 - Legal Updates

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble…

09-05-2016 - Legal Updates

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state…

06-05-2016 - Legal Updates

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately…

05-05-2016 - Fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a…

WIRE FRAUD

Wire Fraud & Mail fraud

Wire fraud and mail fraud charges are often brought together and, typically, are add-on charges used to increase the potential punishment. Many times wire fraud and mail fraud indictments are pursued when the prosecutors do not have sufficient evidence to make other charges stick. That being said, these cases still must be taken seriously.

What Constitutes Wire Fraud & Mail Fraud?

Mail fraud occurs when the defendant uses the U.S. Postal Service (or a private carrier) in an effort to intentionally defraud another party of money or property. Wire fraud occurs when the defendant uses a telephone, email, fax or other form of electronic communication in the commission of such a fraudulent scheme. Common examples of fraudulent schemes that involve wire fraud and/or mail fraud include:

When proving charges of mail or wire fraud, the government is required to prove the defendant used deception with the intent to defraud the victim. It is important to understand that you do not have to wire or mail fraudulent information to be charged. If your scheme results in alleged victims mailing or wiring funds, you can be charged. Additionally, each separate mailing or wiring constitutes its own count of fraud. This means that if you mailed 100 envelopes at the post office, you could be facing 100 counts of fraud in a federal indictment.

Mail Fraud & Wire Fraud Penalties

If you are convicted of mail fraud or wire fraud, you could be facing significant punishments including prison time and costly fines. This is true for one single act of mail or wire fraud, which is multiplied for each count you are facing. If you have been charged with mail and/or wire fraud, contact us immediately.