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Our experienced federal criminal attorneys handle mail fraud cases throughout the state of New York and the United States. If you have been charged with mail fraud, you should contact a skilled federal criminal defense lawyer right away to protect your rights and your reputation. If there is any indication that you might be suspected of a crime, do not give a statement to the police or discuss the matter with anyone. Instead, contact a lawyer right away to minimize the likelihood that you will be charged. If you are charged, our lawyers will do everything they can to get the charges against you dismissed and to fight your case.
18 U.S.C. § 1341 makes it a federal crime to use the mail in furtherance of a scheme to defraud or to carry out a scheme to obtain money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses.
Using the United States postal system in furtherance of schemes or artifices to defraud is an offense, regardless of whether the schemes or artifices are prohibited by state law.
It is also a crime to use the mails to carry out a scheme or artifice to obtain money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises. The disjunctive phrasing in 18 U.S.C. § 1341, in making it a crime to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud “or” for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, prohibits two separate unlawful acts, each of which may serve as an independent ground for prosecution. The mail fraud statute encompasses all items passing through the mails even if they do not cross state lines. Congress is empowered to make the use of the mails in furtherance of a scheme a criminal offense, even if it is without power to forbid the scheme itself.
If you or a loved one have been charged with a mail fraud you should contacted a skilled and experienced Federal Criminal Lawyer without delay to ensure that your rights are protected. Our experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers offer free consultations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are available on short notice.