Harris County White Collar Attorneys for Wire Fraud Charges
Wire fraud occurs when the defendant uses a telephone, email, fax, or other form of electronic communication in the commission of a fraudulent scheme. Wire fraud may be charged in connection with other criminal offenses, such as securities fraud, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, and tax evasion. It is also often closely connected to mail fraud, which is committing fraud through the U.S. Postal Service or a private mail carrier.
If you are convicted of wire fraud, you could be facing significant punishments, including prison time and costly fines. A single act of wire fraud may result in a prison term of up to 20 years, and if wire fraud is committed against a financial institution, a defendant may face up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $1,000,000. The collateral consequences are considerable as well, affecting one's professional licenses, ability to find work, reputation, and career.
If you have been charged with fraud, contact a Houston wire fraud defense attorney at Cogdell Law Firm immediately at (713) 426-2244. We can help.
Why Are Wire Fraud Charges So Serious?
There are different factors that make wire fraud charges particularly serious, including the following:
- A defendant need not have actually sent fraudulent information to be charged. Creating a scheme with the intent to defraud may be sufficient for a wire fraud charge.
- Each separate email, call, fax, or other form of electronic communication can be counted as one count of wire fraud. As an example, if you were accused of sending out 1,000 emails, you could potentially be charged with 1,000 counts of wire fraud.
In spite of the complexity of these charges and the considerable resources at the disposal of the federal government as they try to secure a wire fraud conviction against you, our Houston fraud defense lawyers have the experience and skill to effectively represent your interests. Founding attorney Dan Cogdell has a track record of success in these federal cases and has successfully represented clients in the face of a wide range of fraud charges. He leads our team to victory even in the most challenging cases.
Put a talented team on your side to counter wire fraud charges. Call (713) 426-2244 to schedule a confidential consultation.