Consequences of Mail and Wire Fraud

Chicago federal crime attorney, Cook County federal crime attorney, Federal Crimes, mail and wire fraud, money schemeTechnology and ways to obtain money and products have revolutionized the world over the past several years. People purchase products from the Internet with the intention of enjoying them several days or weeks later once received in the mail. The transfer of money from one person to another has also been made easier as well.

However, with the use of technology and tracking devices, mail and wire fraud have become much more prevalent. Unfortunately, there have been far too many cases where mail and wire fraud have taken effect, and the consequences have always been far from desirable.

What is Mail Fraud?

Mail fraud is defined as the act of intending to create a scheme to defraud or obtain money by fraudulent promises. The act of mail fraud can also include but is not limited to:

  • Placing a fraudulent product in mailbox that will be delivered by the United States Postal Services;
  • Depositing a fraudulent product to be sent and delivered by mail;
  • Taking or receiving any mail intended for another person or business; and
  • Knowingly causing a fraudulent product to be sent out.

What is Wire Fraud?

Wire fraud is defined as the act of devising a scheme to defraud or receive money from false promises. Wire fraud can also include transmitting any writings, photos, electronic signals by wire, radio, or television communications from within the state, and potentially received or accessed by another individual in the state.

What Are the Consequences for Both Types of Fraud?

Anyone who commits mail or wire fraud will be convicted of a Class 3 felony. If anyone is found committing mail fraud, the offense will occur in the county where the mail has been deposited with the United States Postal Services or other carrier within the state.

If a person commits wire fraud, then the offense will occur in the county from where the wire transmission has been sent.

Contact Your Chicago Federal Crime Attorney

Mail and wire fraud are both very serious crimes that have undesirable consequences, and can include jail time, huge costs, and even decreased quality of life. Therefore, if you have been convicted of mail or wire fraud, you do not have to fight your case alone.

Attorney Hal M. Garfinkel has several years of experience in the federal crime practice and is ready to help you with your case. To schedule your free initial consultation, please contact the skilled Chicago federal crime attorney at the Law Offices of Hal M. Garfinkel. Call 312-629-0669 to get the help you deserve.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072000050K17-24

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