Wire Fraud

Wire fraud is “a scheme to deprive of property through use of an interstate telephone calls or electronic communication including the internet, wire transfers, and even the use of television and radio.”

If you have used the internet, telephone or fax machine to commit fraud, then you could be facing a federal wire fraud charged.

Each year more and more people are victims of wire fraud, which is why the federal institutes are cracking down on all wire fraud crimes. What this means is that you could be accused of a wire fraud crime under false pretenses. If you have been accused, or are under suspicion for wire fraud, contact our attorneys right away.

The faster you make the call, the faster we can get to work on your case.


Wire fraud, similar to mail fraud, is usually considered a federal offense and thus handled in a separate court outside Minnesota. The reason is because the internet spans outside of the state boundaries. Some of the more common wire fraud schemes include but are not limited to:

  • Identity theft
  • White collar crimes involving communication lines
  • Internet crimes
  • Credit card fraud
  • Telemarketing fraud
  • eBay fraud
  • Pyramid or ponzi schemes
  • Telephone marketing schemes
  • False advertising
  • Fax machine marketing schemes

Many wire crime offenses are considered white collar crimes if the event takes place as a business transaction. White collar crimes often come with a lot of public scrutiny and unwanted media attention. If you are confronted by the media, the police or anyone else, it is important that you remain quiet and calm. Denying the accusation or trying to explain your side of the story could result in complications in court down the road. Remember anything you say can and will be used against you so it’s best to remain quiet unless a lawyer is present.


A wire fraud conviction is normally considered a felony offense. You may be facing jail time, hefty fines and restitution to the victim.

Many people assume that, when it comes to federal crimes, your penalty and your plea is already decided before you step into court. This is most certainly not the case. Every instance of wire fraud is different. Our attorneys will work with you to assess your case and determine which defense strategy is best for your situation. There are ways to walk away from a wire fraud arrest with a not-guilty verdict.

Call the Rivers Law Office today at 612-915-0355 or use our online enquiry form to find out what can be done for you in your case.