Mail fraud is a crime that involves the United States Postal Service or other delivery services to carry out a scheme. In mail fraud, perpetrators seek to gain personal benefits such as money or property by deceiving the victim with falsified documents. These documents are sent to victims to convince them to send over money or information. Mail fraud includes sending out items while posing as another or fictitious person. For example, someone committing mail fraud will attempt to pose as a representative from a government agency. Anyone using these postal services can be a victim, and the fraud can occur over long periods of time and over state borders. Mail fraud is committed knowingly and meant to defraud, not just deceive.
Consequences of Mail Fraud:
To be found guilty for mail fraud, the court must prove that the perpetrator acted with fraudulent intent using a postal service. Because mail fraud can happen over state borders, this crime is treated as a federal offense. A federal offense stretches beyond state laws and jurisdiction, often resulting in harsher sentences. Penalties for mail fraud vary by case, but can reach up to 30 years in prison, fines of $250,000 per count of mail fraud, probation, and restitution. In addition, the crime will remain on one’s record for life.
Facing Mail Fraud Charges?
Because mail fraud is a federal offense, it is imperative that you work with an experienced attorney who knows the laws and is prepared to handle the case. Only a well-versed attorney understands the severity of this federal offense, and having the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter by your side will make the process as easy as possible. If you have been charged with mail fraud, contact Okabe and Haushalter to talk to an experienced attorney who will work to protect your liberties and fight for your freedom.