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Wire Fraud Defense Lawyer in Orange County, CA

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Wire fraud is commonly seen as a criminal offense that occurs during financial transfers and other money-wiring services. However, wire fraud charges can extend to email, television communication, telephone calls, internet, radio, and even the use of a fax machine. Electronic communication across state lines by which a person sends, receives, or transmits information for some unlawful purpose can result in wire fraud charges.

Wire fraud is often used as a “catch-all” offense, meaning that other charges, such as identity theft, mortgage fraud, embezzlement, forgery, and bank fraud, are often tacked on. The particulars of each case could determine a wide range of penalties, including the potential of extreme fines and years in prison.

Whether you face felony or misdemeanor charges, seeking a criminal defense lawyer for representation is highly recommended. At Law Office of Diane C. Bass, Diane C. Bass has decades of experience defending clients in Irvine, Orange County, and Southern California from all white collar crimes. For a better chance of exiting state or federal court without a conviction, speak to her in a confidential consultation as soon as possible. 

Contact a team member online or at (949) 990-4195 to schedule a consultation with our wire fraud defense attorney in Orange County today. 

Examples of Wire Fraud

Under the law, wire fraud is directly parallel to mail fraud, except that wire fraud charges require interstate telephone calls or electronic communication. 

The federal statute states that wire fraud requires four essential elements:

  • The accused voluntarily and intentionally played a part in defrauding another party of money or property.
  • The accused committed this act with the express intent to defraud the other party.
  • That it was reasonable to believe that wire communications would be used for the fraudulent scheme.
  • That those electronic communications were used to execute the fraudulent scheme.

Examples of wire fraud include using the internet, telephone, radio, fax, or television include:

  • Hacking an online account to commit fraud.
  • Internet scams.
  • “Phishing” scams using email.
  • Selling something electronically that the “sellers” do not legally own.
  • Telemarketing scams.

Who Investigates Federal Wire Fraud?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the principal agency responsible for investigating wire fraud in the U.S. Since wire fraud often crosses state lines, making it a federal crime, the FBI has jurisdiction and takes the lead in probing these cases. 

Additionally, other federal agencies might be involved in the investigation, depending on the nature of the fraud. For instance, if the wire fraud pertains to financial markets, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) might also participate in the investigation. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may get involved in tax fraud cases.

What Other Charges May Accompany Wire Fraud?

Wire fraud is a broad offense prosecuted in federal courts, and additional charges may be included in the proceedings. 

These other federal crimes can include:

Depending on the particulars of your case and the findings of the resulting investigation, you may face either felony or misdemeanor charges and a range of penalties.

How Serious Are Wire Fraud Charges?

Wire fraud charges are considered extremely serious and carry significant penalties. Conviction can result in substantial fines and lengthy prison sentences. Under federal law, each act of wire fraud can result in up to 20 years in prison. 

If the wire fraud involves a financial institution or is connected to a declared major disaster or emergency, the maximum sentence can increase to 30 years per offense. Furthermore, individuals found guilty of wire fraud can face hefty fines, often reaching up to $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for organizations per offense. 

Trusted Attorney-Client Relationship at Law Office of Diane C. Bass

One should not enter court without the knowledgeable legal advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Your attorney-client relationship is confidential; you can trust Ms. Bass in your communications about your case. 

You must respect that state and federal government prosecutors will aggressively pursue criminal charges to the fullest extent allowed under the penal code. You need a criminal defense lawyer who will defend your best interests with the same tenacity. 

Our Orange County wire fraud defense lawyer is backed by decades of experience handling thousands of cases. As such, she has earned a sterling reputation for her attention to detail, close client service, and legal proficiency. 

Reach us on our contact form or call (949) 990-4195 to discuss your case with Ms. Bass today.

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