What Is Wire Fraud?
Wire fraud is one of the most common white-collar crimes. This broad charge encompasses many different types of offenses that use the internet or telecommunications devices.
This includes any fraudulent activity that was committed through or with the use of:
- Text messages
- Social media
Wire Fraud Investigations
Wire fraud crimes are federal offenses and often involve federal law enforcement agencies like the FBI or Department of Homeland Security. These agencies have access to a vast number of resources that help them detect cases of wire fraud. Numerous task forces also work daily to build cases against individuals suspected of committing wire fraud and other federal crimes.
Often, wire fraud investigations result in numerous additional charges concerning the alleged wire fraud.
- Identity theft
- Money laundering
Penalties for Federal Wire Fraud
Although wire fraud does not involve anyone being physically harmed, defendants are still subject to extreme penalties if found guilty of this white-collar offense. Federal wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, up to $250,000 in fines, and a lengthy period of probation. The defendant is also typically required to pay restitution to the victims, which means they must repay the victims for any financial losses they incurred due to the wire fraud scheme.
Federal Wire Fraud Defense
Many people feel a false sense of security on their technological devices and the internet. Unfortunately, this means many people are shocked to find out they are being charged with criminal wire fraud. If you are accused of committing a federal fraud crime, contact Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. as soon as possible. We have defended numerous clients facing serious white-collar crime charges and we know what it takes to win a federal case. Set up a consultation with our team today.