Wire fraud is a serious crime that, if you're convicted, can land you with serious penalties and fines. A normal wire-fraud scheme uses personal information to transfer money out of a banking account and into another. One of the most common kinds is known as telemarketing fraud, which is when a person misrepresents themselves and takes money from the person on the other end of the line.
To prove that wire fraud has taken place, the person accusing you of the crime will need to show that he or she has been defrauded out of money. It will have to be shown that you defrauded the person purposefully as well.
The person accusing you will also need to show that it was reasonable and that it could have been foreseen that you could use wire communications in this manner. On top of that, the case will have to prove that it was, in fact, you who participated in the fraud.
There are many ways to defend yourself against this kind of allegation; you can claim innocence, that you weren't knowledgeable about the telemarketing company being fraudulent, or that you didn't intend to defraud anyone. These defenses can work in your favor, so you won't necessarily face the same kinds of penalties that you might have if you had intended to steal from someone through fraudulent behavior.
Our website has more information on wire fraud and what you can do if you've been accused of taking part in a wire fraud scheme. Your reputation and life may be on the line, so it's important to protect your good name.