Mail And Wire Fraud Carries Serious Consequences
Defendants who allegedly commit the crime of conspiracy, drug trafficking or other criminal enterprise most often use the mail service, the internet, phones, and other mail and “wired” electronic devices or services. Therefore, mail and wire fraud is a highly common add-on to other criminal charges.
Despite being seen as an add-on charge, mail and wire fraud conviction can carry serious punishments. It has the potential of resulting in substantial fines or worse – landing you in jail for years. In addition, a mail and wire fraud conviction could result in significant personal and professional consequences, including making it extremely difficult to get a job and the loss of any professional licenses you may hold.
If federal authorities have indicated that they are investigating possible fraud charges and have asked for your cooperation, it’s important to seek qualified criminal defense help immediately.
A Variety Of Schemes Can Be Prosecuted As Mail And Wire Fraud
As defined by federal law, mail and wire fraud is a broad offense that can encompass a variety of schemes. The elements of the crime are as follows:
- A person intentionally devised or participated in a scheme that was intended to defraud others
- Interstate wire communications were used to defraud others
Some of the specific types of conduct that could fall within the definition of mail and wire fraud include the following:
- False inheritance schemes
- Ponzi schemes
- Fake job offers
- Telemarketing fraud
- Schemes involving nonexistent charities
- Phishing scams
- Bank fraud
- Identity theft
Experienced Mail And Wire Fraud Defense Attorneys
The St. Louis mail fraud defense attorneys of Rogers Sevastianos & Bante LLP have handled hundreds of federal fraud charge cases, including numerous cases involving mail and wire fraud. Our team:
- Has handled thousands of criminal cases with more than 200 criminal jury trials
- Frequently educates the community about national criminal defense issues and has appeared on “CNN,” “60 Minutes” and numerous other news agencies
- Includes lawyers listed in St. Louis Magazine Best Lawyer, Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America, and an attorney voted Missouri’s Best Lawyer
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Have you been accused of talking on the phone about an illegal drug transaction? Have you been charged with mailing a falsified insurance claim? Did you mail a payment related to a drug deal? All of these examples could potentially result in serious criminal charges and legal consequences. If you have been accused of mail and wire fraud, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as you can.
Rogers Sevastianos & Bante LLP is a top white collar crime defense firm in St. Louis and has the legal experience, reputation and commitment to provide the legal representation you need. For more information, please contact our firm or call us today at (314) 354-8484.