Wire fraud is a crime in which a person creates a scheme to defraud or obtain money based on false representation or promises, specifically involving writings, signs, pictures or sound transmitted by wire (telephone), radio/television etc. Criminal charges of wire fraud can be leveled in cases where a person has used analog or digital electronic communications methods to defraud. These can even include less obvious scenarios than phone calls — such as a fax, an email, a text, or social media messaging. Wire fraud is punishable by prison and/or fines.
Often federal prosecutors will charge a defendant with wire fraud and then be able to charge for other crimes which would otherwise only be subject to state laws.
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The Four Elements of Wire Fraud
- The defendant concocted or participated in a scheme to defraud another out of money or property;
- The defendant did so with intent to defraud;
- It was reasonably foreseeable that the defendant would use wire communications; and
- The defendant did in fact use interstate wire communications.
The elements of wire fraud are numerous and can be found in the Criminal Resource manual of the Department of Justice website.
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