Federal law prohibits fraud by wire, radio or television. This offense involves using any interstate wire to send any signal, picture, video, sound or writing for the purpose of making false promises, misrepresentation or false promises in order to unlawfully gain another's property or money. An "interstate wire" may include communication sent via the internet, radio, or television signal. Whether or not the scheme was successful is not an issue in a mail fraud case. The attempt to defraud and the sending of the signal, picture, etc. by way of interstate wire are all that are needed for federal prosecutors to pursue a conviction of this kind - even if no one was adversely affected by the alleged scheme.
Wire Fraud Penalties
The penalties for wire fraud are similar to those for mail fraud, as the offenses are closely related. Only the means in which wire fraud is carried out (by wire, rather than by mail) is what separates these crimes. Wire fraud may be punishable by up to 20 years in prison, by fines, or by both a fine and imprisonment. If a financial institution is affected, wire fraud may be punishable by up to 30 years in prison or a fine of up to $1 million, or both.
Defense for Federal Wire Fraud Charges in Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix federal criminal defense lawyer Richard Suzuki has extensive experience in representing clients throughout Arizona who are facing all types of federal crimes. A former federal prosecutor himself, Mr. Suzuki has a valuable and expansive understanding of how the federal court system works. If you or someone you know is facing federal
wire fraud charges, it is of the utmost importance that you contact Suzuki Law Offices as soon as possible. Our firm is standing by to help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your initial consultation is free.