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Understanding the White-Collar Crime of Wire Fraud

By Joseph Low on January 20, 2014

The personal and professional consequences of a wire fraud conviction in Orange County can alter the rest of a defendant’s life. As a white-collar crime, wire fraud is almost always handled in federal court and charged as a felony offense. Typical penalties include a prison sentence of up to 20 or 30 years, millions of dollars in fines, and restitution awarded to the victims. If you are at risk of being charged with such serious crimes, you will need an aggressive and dedicated attorney to help build a strong defense on your behalf.

What is Wire Fraud?

According to 18 United States Code Section 1343, wire fraud is defined as any scheme to obtain money or property by false or fraudulent pretenses through the use of interstate telephone calls or electronic communication, which includes the Internet, radio, television, and wire transfers.

Many cases of wire fraud affect the general public or a financial institution, in which case, you will be under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. In order to have a valid case against you, however, the prosecution must provide evidence that you devised or simply intended to devise a scheme to defraud others using a type of interstate wire or electronic communication.

Wire fraud accusations are extremely serious because you will be up against the U.S. government, which has abundant resources with which to press charges. A skilled lawyer will be able to investigate any allegedly fraudulent communications and fight to protect your right to be assumed innocent until proven guilty.

Contact a Trusted Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Joseph H. Low IV has represented numerous clients facing white-collar crime accusations and will work tirelessly to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Do not wait to contact The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV to protect your reputation and your future. Call us at (888) 454-5569 for a free and confidential consultation.

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