What is Mail Fraud?
Mail fraud is the use the United States mail,or the use of a private or commercial interstate carrier like United Parcel Service or Federal Express,to carry out a scheme to defraud someone.
What Must The Prosecutor Prove In A Mail Fraud Case?
To prove mail fraud, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The defendant knowingly devised or participated in a scheme to defraud someone, or obtain money or property using false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises;
- The false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises were about a material fact;
- The defendant intended to defraud someone; and
- The defendant used the United States Postal Service, by mailing or by causing to be mailed, or the defendant used a private or commercial interstate carrier, by depositing or causing to be deposited with the carrier, something meant to help carry out the scheme to defraud.
What are the Penalties for Mail Fraud?
The maximum penalty for mail fraud is 20 years imprisonment. If the mail fraud affects a financial institution or is in relation to or in connection with a presidentially declared major disaster or emergency, the maximum penalty is 30 years in prison.
If the mail fraud involved telemarketing or victimized ten or more persons over the age of 55, or targeted persons over the age of 55, the penalty is enhanced.
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