Wire Fraud Defense Lawyer
Federal Wire Fraud Charges
18 U.S.C. § 1343
Our lawyers have more than 30 years of combined experience defending against white-collar fraud charges in federal court. One of the most common offenses in federal court is Wire Fraud, under 18 U.S.C. § 1343. A Wire Fraud charge generally indicates that prosecutors believe you used a phone or the internet to carry out a fraudulent scheme (e.g., phone call, texting, email, facsimile).
Wire fraud is typically charged both as a conspiracy and as a substantive offense. The law is a favorite tool used by federal fraud prosecutors as a conviction normally ensures some amount of prison time as well as the forfeiture of assets like homes, vehicles, and bank accounts. Common situations that lead to wire fraud charges include:
- Alleged ponzi Schemes
- Internet scams
- Investment schemes
- Schemes targeting the elderly
- Any transfers of funds that came from an alleged plan to defraud
- Schemes to defraud the government (such as PPP loan fraud cases)
18 U.S.C. § 1343
18 U.S.C. § 1349
0 to 20/30 Years
No false or material misrepresentations, No intent to defraud
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Wire Fraud?
To be convicted of wire fraud, the government must be able to prove the following four elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- A plan to defraud. There was a scheme to cheat others out of money (although it can also be intangible property such as protected business information).
- Material and false representations. The alleged scheme must have contained representations that were false and material.
- Intent. The defendant must have actually intended to defraud the victim out of money.
- Interstate or foreign commerce. This element is typically met if a phone or the internet was used to carry out the alleged fraud (e.g., email or text message).
Each specific transaction of wire fraud is referred to as a “substantive offense.” For instance, if a victim wired money to an investment firm on two different dates, the indictment would likely allege two counts of wire fraud.
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