White collar crime has become a major section of criminal offenses as the expanse of white collar crime has increased in recent years, leading to a greater number of arrests. It has become easier than ever to commit white collar crimes given the use of the internet and the increasingly global age we now live in. As a result, there have been more mail and wire fraud offenses brought each year in criminal courts. Additionally, statutes throughout the country are consistently updated to protect citizens from criminal acts. If you are arrested on suspicion of mail or wire fraud, make sure that you retain the services of an experienced Phoenix Mail and Wire Fraud lawyer who will be able to defend your case in federal court and provide a unique defense strategy.
Mail fraud is a federal offense and was initially enacted to protect the United States Postal Service, although it has since been expanded to include Federal Express and United Parcel Service. Mail fraud specifically involves an attempt to defraud someone through the use of the United States Postal Service or other postal carriers. The government must be able to prove the following factors in order to convict you of mail fraud:
Wire fraud also had humble beginnings and was initially formed to protect radio and television wires. Wire fraud has also expanded over the years to include facsimile, telephone, and internet transmissions. Wire fraud involves the use of electronic communication to unlawfully acquire money or property. Much like mail fraud, the government must prove the following 3 elements:
As federal offenses, mail and wire fraud often involve heightened punishment ranges that can be over 20 years in federal prison, as well as heavy fines. Mail fraud and wire fraud can separately lead to up to 30 years in prison and up to a $1,000,000 fine. This does not include other offenses which are usually tacked on to mail fraud.
In order to convict you of mail or wire fraud, the federal government must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were involved in an overall scheme to defraud through mail or wires which resulted (or would have resulted) in the loss of money or property.
Mail and wire fraud are now charges that are tacked onto other offenses such as identity theft because the person committing the crime often uses wire fraud or mail fraud to obtain the necessary information to complete the crime. Other offenses, such as insider trading, involve the combination of both mail and wire fraud. Many people charged with mail and wire fraud commit fraud unintentionally without realizing it has occurred. The way in which businesses are conducted now often leaves areas wide open for potential fraud. It is this reason why it is so important that the federal government must prove intent.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of wire or mail fraud in Arizona, you are probably concerned about the potential federal claims and punishments that are tied with mail and wire fraud. However, Phoenix criminal defense attorney Craig Orent has over 25 years of experience in defending clients in both state and federal court. Orent Law Offices, PLC understands that accusations of mail and wire fraud often occur in the most innocent of situations and will work tirelessly to ensure you are not unfairly punished.