Wire fraud is a white-collar crime, and is handled by the federal court. A conviction for wire fraud in Orange County can result in years of incarceration as well as long-term professional consequences. Wire fraud is defined as:
“a scheme to deprive of property through use of an interstate telephone calls or electronic communication including the Internet, wire transfers, and even the use of television and radio.”
It is a crime that involves the act of using a phone call, writing an email, or even when sending a text to commit the fraud.
In order for the prosecution to prove that you have committed wire fraud, they must show that you:
- Devised, or at least intended to devise, a scheme to defraud another person
- Acted with the intent to defraud
- Used a type of interstate wire or telecommunication lines.
If you are being investigated for a fraud charge, act quickly to safeguard your defense. The U.S. Department of Justice typically only gets involved in wire fraud cases if a class of persons or the general public is affected. Your case will likely result in serious charges. The federal government has probably invested thousands of dollars in the investigation of your case. You can be convicted for wire fraud for just intending to accomplish fraud.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of fraud charges, exercise your right to remain silent and request an attorney right immediately. A fraud conviction can result in years of incarceration, thousands of dollars in fines, and restitution to the alleged victims. Contact a skilled Orange County fraud defense attorney right away to protect your rights and to understand your options.
David A. Stein is skilled criminal defense attorney with a track record of obtaining very successful outcomes for his clients. If you have been accused of a crime or need help with any criminal matter, contact our law offices today at (949) 445-0040 for a consultation.