wire fraud


Definition of wire fraud

: fraud committed using a means of electronic communication (such as a telephone or computer)

Examples of wire fraud in a Sentence

He was charged with wire fraud.

Recent Examples on the Web

He was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on 12 counts of wire fraud. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Travel agent scammed Delta out of $1.75M in frequent flyer miles, prosecutors say," 14 Sep. 2019 Michael Charles Vines has agreed to plead guilty in the Northern District of Alabama to one count of wire fraud, according to federal court records made public Tuesday. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Employee of country club in Mountain Brook accused of stealing nearly $500,000, prosecutors claim," 3 Sep. 2019 According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego, Antonia Barber pleaded guilty to one felony count of wire fraud during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Thomas J. Whelan. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman admits embezzling from insurance employer," 19 Aug. 2019 On Thursday, Vance Pearson, a senior union official who worked closely with Mr. Jones, was charged with embezzlement, money laundering, wire fraud, conspiracy and other offenses. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "G.M. Strike: 50,000 Union Workers Walk Out Over Wages and Idled Plants," 16 Sep. 2019 Liu and his conspirators have been charged with nine counts of wire fraud, seven counts of passing false and fraudulent papers through customs and conspiracy. Amy Gunia, Time, "U.S. Indicts Chinese Billionaire on Charges of Evading $1.8 Billion in Tariffs," 1 Aug. 2019 Last October, McFarland, 27, was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud, two counts of bank fraud and to making false statements to federal law enforcement. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "You Can Buy the Island Featured in Fyre Festival Promo Starring Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin," 1 July 2019 The couple initially pleaded not guilty last year to 60 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy, falsification of records and other charges. Jesse Naranjo, WSJ, "Wife of GOP Congressman Pleads Guilty in Campaign-Finance Case," 13 June 2019 Willocks pleaded guilty in July 2017 to conspiracy, and prosecutors dropped 65 other counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. Blake Nicholson, The Seattle Times, "Man said to be Jamaican lottery scam kingpin gets 6 years," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of wire fraud

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wire fraud was in 1951

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English Language Learners Definition of wire fraud

: the crime of stealing money by using computers, telephones, etc.

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Legal Definition of wire fraud

see fraud

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