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Have you been accused of mail fraud in Southern California? Mail fraud is a federal crime involving the use of the United States mail system to carry out or attempt a scheme to defraud others, often out of their money and/or property. It is one of the most common federal criminal charges due to its involvement with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and private interstate carriers like FedEx.
Examples of mail fraud include:
- Fraudulent solicitations
- Mail-order fraud
- Pyramid schemes
- Ponzi schemes
If you have been taken into custody by federal agents concerning a mail fraud scheme or believe you are under investigation, you need an attorney right away. Exercise your legal right to a defense attorney and call Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP. Our team of Los Angeles mail fraud defense attorneys have a combined 50 years of legal experience and are some of the most reputed criminal defense lawyers in Southern California. We will stand up for you throughout your case using every resource we have to build a solid defense.
You need a strong defense to back you up. Call the Los Angeles mail fraud defense attorneys at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP now at (800) 462-7160 to schedule your free consultation.
What Constitutes Mail Fraud?
Mail fraud includes any scheme involving one or both of the following:
- Actually or attempting to obtain money or property under false pretenses
- Actually or attempting to distribute, exchange, sell, supply, or use counterfeits
Mail fraud happens when a person mails something associated with a fraud scheme. For example, fraudulent communications, contracts, receipts, and other information regarding a deal all can count as mail fraud. This includes mail sent through both the USPS and private interstate carriers.
Because mail can travel between cities and states, the federal government has jurisdiction over many mail fraud crimes. However, if all cases of mail fraud occur in the same state, that state’s laws can potentially govern the case.
Punishments for Mail Fraud
Mail fraud as a Federal offense is punishable by a fine and up to 20 years in prison. If the crime involves a major disaster or emergency or affects a financial institution, there are increased penalties—including fines of up to $1 million and up to 30 years in jail. Mail fraud may be the only charge against a defendant, or it may be lumped in with other criminal charges, like tax fraud or bank fraud.
Bernie Madoff, infamous for running the largest Ponzi scheme in history, is currently serving a 150-year jail sentence in prison for 11 federal charges, including mail fraud. He cost his clients a total of $65 billion.
Most cases and sentences are far less severe than Bernie Madoff’s, of course, but the implications hold true—mail fraud is a serious crime that can be harshly punished. To ensure you get the best result possible, you must contact a mail fraud defense attorney as soon as you suspect you are under investigation. The earlier we can start working on your case, the better our chances of getting a leg up on the prosecution.
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A fierce and trustworthy mail fraud defense attorney is essential to getting your charges dropped or the minimum sentence applied to your suspected crime.
There are three things a mail fraud charge must prove to secure a conviction:
- The defendant created a plan to commit fraud
- The defendant sent or placed an item in the mail related to the fraud scheme
- The defendant fully intended to commit fraud
Contact us now to learn more about how we can help you.
If you unintentionally sent something fraudulent in the mail, it is not enough to constitute criminal mail fraud. Unless the prosecution can prove beyond doubt that you committed mail fraud, you can be acquitted. An attorney can help you prove that you did not act with malicious or willful intent.
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