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Wire Fraud

Providing legal representation for wire fraud charges in Southern California.
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Defend your rights at trial or appeal for wire fraud criminal charge.

Wire fraud is prosecuted as a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343. The federal government would have to prove at trial—beyond a reasonable doubt—each of the below elements of the crime under that statute.

First, defendant knowingly devised a scheme or plan to defraud, or a scheme or plan for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises or omitted facts.

Second, the statements made or facts omitted as part of the scheme were material; that is, they had a natural tendency to influence, or were capable of influencing, a person to part with money or property.

Third, defendant acted with intent to defraud; that is, the intent to deceive and cheat.

Fourth, defendant used, or caused to be used, an interstate wire communication to carry out or attempt to carry out an essential part of the scheme.

The statutory maximum sentence that the Court can impose for a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343 (wire fraud) is: 20 years' imprisonment; a three-year period of supervised release; a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offense, whichever is greatest; and a mandatory special assessment of $100. Supervised release is a period of time following imprisonment during which defendant will be subject to various restrictions and requirements.

If defendant violates one or more of the conditions of any supervised release imposed, defendant may be returned to prison for all or part of the term of supervised release authorized by statute for the offense that resulted in the term of supervised release, which could result in defendant serving a total term of imprisonment greater than the statutory maximum stated above.

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