Media, Pennsylvania Mail & Wire Fraud Defense Attorney
Accused of Fraud in Southeastern Pennsylvania? Get Experienced Defense Help.
Mail and wire fraud are crimes in violation of federal law due to their use of the U.S. Postal Service or interstate methods of communication, such as through text, email, the internet, or phone. These are offenses in which some type of scheme has been created to defraud others. This type of fraud can involve a variety of schemes and activities, all with the intent to deprive others of assets or property through deceit or dishonesty. When these actions cross interstate lines or international borders or involve federal agencies, they fall under the jurisdiction of federal prosecutors.
Charges of mail and wire fraud often accompany other criminal charges, giving prosecutors an opportunity to impose longer, stricter sentences for criminal activity. The Law Offices of Arthur Thomas Donato Jr., a Southeastern Pennsylvania criminal defense firm, provides defense representation to individuals facing prosecution for mail fraud, wire fraud, and any collateral charges. As a white collar crime defense firm with decades of experience, we operate on a proactive approach designed to put you in the best possible legal position for the most favorable outcome.
Under investigation or charged with mail or wire fraud? Call The Law Offices of Arthur Thomas Donato Jr. at (610) 565-4747 or reach out through our online form to schedule a confidential consultation about your situation.
Mail Fraud & Wire Fraud Charges & Penalties
Mail fraud: Charges of mail fraud are brought when an individual knowingly makes a fraudulent misrepresentation by means of the U.S. Postal Service, or any other carrier, such as FedEx or UPS with the purpose of persuading a victim to detrimentally act on the representation.
Wire fraud: Charges of wire fraud are brought when an individual knowingly makes a fraudulent representation by means of wire, cable, radio, electronic, or television transmission with the purpose of causing the victim to detrimentally act on that representation. This can include fraud schemes conducted over the internet by email, in ads, or in chat rooms. Because so much communication is now conducted by wire and over the internet, wire fraud has become a common charge made in federal fraud cases.
Examples of mail fraud can include investment scams, charity donation scams, claims of owing taxes, loan scams, and more.
Examples of wire fraud can include internet scams, what is known as “phishing” to mass email accounts, and telemarketing scams targeting individuals for the purpose of identity theft or the misappropriation of credit card or banking information. Wire fraud can also target businesses as well as government agencies, such as the IRS. In cases where an individual or group attempts to commit mail or wire fraud without success, “attempted wire fraud” or “conspiracy” to commit this offense may be charged.
Federal mail and wire fraud carry up to 20 years in a federal prison, up to $250,000 in fines for individuals, and up to $500,000 in fines for companies or groups along with restitution to victims and probation. In the case of wire fraud, you can face a separate charge for each single act committed resulting in multiple charges and penalties.
Comprehensive Legal Help Defending Fraud Charges
The above penalties may only be the beginning, as mail and wire fraud are often prosecuted in conjunction with other white collar crimes, such as:
With over four decades of legal experience, our firm has the knowledge and ability needed to craft a defense against mail and wire fraud charges as well as collateral criminal charges. Our Medial mail and wire fraud defense lawyer only accepts a limited quantity of cases to ensure an optimum investment of the time and effort needed to fully defend each client.
Call us at (610) 565-4747 to book your consultation today.