Murfreesboro Wire and Mail Fraud Defense Lawyers
Our tenacious federal criminal law attorneys know what is at stake
Wire and mail fraud is committing fraud with the intention of depriving another person of money or property through using mail or wire communication. If you have used the U.S. postal service, e-mail, cell phones, or any other type of internet communication device in a way that deceptively takes money or other assets from another person, you may be found guilty of the federal criminal offense of wire or mail fraud. Federal criminal charges can be extremely legally complex and carry extremely severe punishments. At Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley, our federal criminal defense attorneys know what you are up against and are here to relentlessly defend you against all charges.
What is wire and mail fraud?
If you are being charged with wire or mail fraud, it is being alleged that you used mail or wire communication in a scheme to take someone’s money or property.
Mail fraud, as is any crime where the U.S. Mail is used in furtherance of the criminal activity, is investigated by U.S. Postal Inspectors. No matter how the crime started, whether it be through the mail, via telephone, or using the internet, if the U.S. mail was involved at all, you face potential mail fraud charges.
To be convicted of mail fraud, the prosecutor must show that:
- You intentionally engaged in a “scheme or artifice to defraud;”
- The scheme resulted, or would have resulted if fully executed, in the loss of money, property, or “honest services;” and
- You used the U.S. mail in furtherance of the scheme to defraud.
Honest services fraud is generally applicable in corruption of public officials cases or when private individuals have breached some kind of fiduciary responsibility to another.
Wire fraud has the same required elements except that instead of using the U.S. mail to further the scheme to defraud, some type of “interstate communications device” was used. This means anything that sends, receives, or otherwise transmits a message including, but not limited to:
- Cell phone
- Fax machine
- Other type of internet communication device.
Common types of wire fraud are things like telemarketing fraud or phishing. Phishing is when a scam is sent out via a mass request e-mail asking for personal information.
The punishment for either wire or mail fraud include imprisonment for up to 20 years and fines. However, if the scheme to defraud involved a financial institution or a presidentially-declared disaster or emergency, you can receive up to 30 years in prison and a fine up to $1,000,000
Contact experienced Tennessee criminal defense lawyers if you are facing wire or mail fraud charges
Facing a wire or mail fraud charge will bring life as you know it to a screeching halt. Don’t let it take over your future as well. Get the most reliable criminal defense counsel to fight for you. The tenacious Tennessee criminal defense attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley are here when you need it most. Contact Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley today online, or call 615-893-1331 to schedule a free consultation.