Committing fraud is a grievous criminal offense in the eyes of the Nebraska courts, but it also directly violates federal law as well. Wire fraud is one specific example of white-collar crimes that authorities are vigilant of in an increasingly digital age.
Federal mail and wire fraud both entail steep penalties of up to 20 years in prison and fines as high as $250,000. Defending yourself against such serious charges requires a better understanding of what constitutes wire fraud and your legal options for refuting such accusations.
What actions constitute wire fraud?
The Department of Justice defines wire fraud as any criminal act that utilizes interstate telecommunications or other electronic communications in furtherance of a scheme to defraud others of money. Elements of fraud include misrepresentations of facts or false promises that yield monetary gain for the fraudster to the detriment of a victim. The prevalence of social media and other digital communication tools can lead to more would-be white-collar criminals attempting to commit fraudulent acts over wire.
How can you defend yourself when accused of wire fraud?
Proving fault in a wire fraud case requires the prosecution to present your method of defrauding others, an intent to do so and an evident instance of using interstate wire communications toward that purpose. It is vital that you work closely with your legal team to build a strong defense and that you avoid disclosing details surrounding the case to anyone other than your legal advocates.
Wire fraud convictions have steep consequences at the state and federal levels. Taking the matter seriously and seeking experienced help are necessary steps you must take to protect your freedoms and your reputation.