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What is mail fraud?

Mail fraud is a broad term used to define any criminal activity that involves using the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to carry out fraud. If a person uses the postal service to unlawfully obtain money or property, they are committing mail fraud. Mail fraud also applies to fraudulent acts that are carried out using interstate commercial carriers like FedEx or UPS.

Mail fraud is among the most common white-collar criminal offenses. It can be charged as a federal crime that is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and hefty fines.

Mail fraud, or conspiracy to commit mail fraud, is typically charged in addition to other criminal offenses such as identity theft, money laundering, drug trafficking, securities fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud or credit card fraud. While mail fraud charges are often an add-on to an indictment, they should be taken seriously. Mail fraud can carry harsh penalties and be easier for the government to prove than the underlying offense.

A person can be charged with mail fraud even if the offense did not involve any mailed communication. Prosecutors only have to prove that a mail service was used to further a crime, aid a criminal conspiracy or was part of a scheme.

If you are facing mail fraud charges, discuss your case with a New York criminal defense lawyer who has experience handling white-collar crimes in both state and federal courts. Brill Legal Group has successfully provided skilled legal representation to clients accused of mail fraud. Contact us today to learn more.

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