What is Wire Fraud?
Wire fraud is financial fraud that involves the use of telecommunications (for example: the internet, phone lines, radio, or television).
What Must The Prosecutor Prove In A Wire Fraud Case?
To prove wire fraud, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The Defendant knowingly devised or participated in a scheme to defraud, or to obtain money or property by using false pretenses, representations, or promises;
- The false pretenses, representations, or promises were about a material fact;
- The Defendant acted with the intent to defraud; and
- The Defendant transmitted or caused to be transmitted by wire or radio or television some communication in interstate commerce to help carry out the scheme to defraud.
What are the Penalties for Wire Fraud?
The maximum penalty for wire fraud is 20 years imprisonment. If the wire 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 wire 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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