Mail fraud could lead to a racketeering charge, increasing possible criminal and civil sanctions. If you are charged with federal mail fraud or a similar offense, call the Orlando, Florida, Law Office of Corey Cohen at 407-246-0066.
At The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen, we have former state and federal prosecutors who know both sides of the system to help you get the best results. Mr. Cohen is also a member of the federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel for the Middle District of Florida.
• Mail fraud: This is any scheme to defraud someone, even if unsuccessful, involving the U.S. Postal Service or any interstate carrier to commit the crime.
• Wire fraud: Similar to mail fraud, wire fraud is a scheme to defraud someone, except use of any sort of electronic communications (Internet, television, radio and telemarketing) subjects you to criminal prosecution.
To prove mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1341, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant (1) intentionally participated in a scheme or artifice to defraud and (2) used the United States mail to carry out that scheme or artifice. The "scheme or artifice to defraud" element of the mail fraud statute requires proof of material misrepresentations or the omission or concealment of material facts, reasonably calculated to deceive people of ordinary prudence. Thus, not all misrepresentations or omissions rise to the level of a scheme to defraud under the federal fraud statutes. Rather, only material misrepresentations or omissions which a person of ordinary prudence would rely on in making a decision is covered by the fraud statutes. "Puffery, for example, is not part of a scheme to defraud because a person of ordinary prudence would not rely on it ..." However, proof of actual reliance by the purported victim on the alleged misrepresentations of a defendant is not required to prove fraud.
A knowledgeable, dedicated and aggressive criminal defense attorney is a valuable ally and asset to you and your family when you are charged with mail or wire fraud. Contact Corey Cohen to schedule a consultation.
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