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Wire fraud is a punishable offense at the federal level

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Federal Criminal Defense

Technology has come a long way. It’s made people’s lives easier and faster. Transactions have never been quicker. But with these advancements come challenges, such as wire fraud. It’s not the technology that’s inherently wrong. Rather, it’s the misuse by certain individuals that’s problematic.

People who commit wire fraud expose themselves to severe federal consequences.

Defrauding through wired technology

Wire fraud is a crime at the federal level that involves the misuse of electronic communication platforms, such as email, telephone or social media, to deceive others for personal gain. Here are five examples:

  • Nigerian prince scam: This involves an email from a supposed “Nigerian prince” who needs help transferring a large sum of money, promising a substantial reward for assistance.
  • Lottery scam: Victims receive an email claiming they’ve won a lottery they never entered. They must pay a fee or provide personal information to collect the prize.
  • Romance scam: Fraudsters create fake profiles on dating sites to establish relationships with victims, then request money for various reasons once trust is established.
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scam: Victims receive an email or phone call claiming to be from the IRS, stating they owe money and threatening arrest or other legal action unless they pay immediately.

These instances of fraud can lead to serious legal consequences, including hefty fines and imprisonment.

Consequences of this federal offense

The penalties for wire fraud are severe. According to federal law, a person convicted of this crime can face fines and imprisonment for up to 20 years. If the fraud is associated with a presidentially declared major disaster or affects a financial institution, the penalties can escalate to a $1,000,000 fine and imprisonment for up to 30 years.

Mounting a defense

When facing allegations of wire fraud, one possible defense strategy is to claim a lack of knowledge. This would involve arguing that the accused was unaware that their actions were part of a fraudulent scheme. However, the defense must convince the court that the accused genuinely did not know they were participating in a fraudulent scheme. Seeking an attorney can be beneficial in these circumstances.

An attorney can review the specifics of the case, identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s arguments and work to challenge the evidence.

Remember, every case is unique, and the best defense strategy will depend on the specifics of the case.