In a new web resource, John Helms, Dallas white-collar criminal defense lawyer, tackles different types of fraud and discusses financial fraud or white-collar criminal defense.
According to Helms, fraud cases, whether state fraud charges or federal mail, wire, or bank fraud charges, involve accusations that the defendant tried to cheat someone by using deception.
"Fraud means tricking a person or business into getting money or property. Federal laws make it illegal to use the mail or interstate wires to commit fraud," Helms wrote on his web resource.
"Mail" and "interstate wires" are very broad. Using the mail includes sending anything through the US mail as part of the fraud. Many people do not realize that it also includes using private interstate carriers like UPS or Fed Ex."
"Interstate wires include interstate cell or conventional phone calls and text messages as well as interstate transmission of electronic data, such as electronic mail."
"The use of the mail or interstate wires does not have to be an important part of the fraud. There is also no lower limit on the amount of money involved, although most US Attorney's Offices will not get involved in a fraud case unless it is big enough to justify their involvement, as opposed to the case being handled by state prosecutors."
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