Wire Fraud 18 U.S.C. § 1343

Wire Fraud 

Wire Fraud is committed when a defendant uses e-mails, phone calls, text messages, radio, or television communication in the furtherance of a crime for the purposes of executing a scheme to defraud or to obtain money by false or fraudulent pretenses.. Wire fraud most often refers to electronic transfers of funds to bank accounts


The Criminal Elements Of Wire Fraud

Whenever someone is criminally charged with Wire Fraud, specifically for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343, Federal Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office have the burden to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

In order to obtain a Wire Fraud conviction, the Prosecutor assigned to the case must prove that the defendant devised a scheme to defraud another, intended to defraud another, and that the defendant used, or caused another to use, the mail or common carrier during the commission of the scheme to defraud. More specifically the mail fraud elements are:

  • The “scheme to defraud” itself. Plainly speaking a plan to steal from a person or entity by lying or misrepresentation.

  • The misrepresentation or lie must be related to the scheme by means of helping the defendant perpetrate the crime or convincing an alleged victim to believe the defendant.

  • The defendant had to have done something related to the to carry out the crime.

The Criminal Penalties of Wire Fraud

Upon being convicted of Wire Fraud, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines stipulates penalties for defendants being sentenced from a range starting at a base level of 5 years to 20 years in prison, depending on the defendant’s level of involvement in crime, along with the amount of fraudulent monetary exposure they may be held liable for. Although not mandatory, being convicted of Wire Fraud carries the potential of a $250,000 fine and monetary restitution to the alleged victims. While being convicted and going to prison can be devastating to a defendant’s family, there are ways defendants can obtain an early release from custody.

Prison Survival and Early Releases

At American Prison Consultants, we can help you prepare for custody with our survival program FEDTIME 101 in the event you are sentenced to Federal Prison, and assist you in taking advantage of custody programs that can help inmates be released from custody up to 18 months early, as well as obtaining extra halfway time or spending up to the last 12 months of your sentence in a “Community Custody” status on home confinement going to work each day and living with your family.

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