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 Fonjeck Eric Azoh, 42, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Washington after pleading guilty to a charge of wire fraud in August. Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2021 Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty, faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution, for each count of wire fraud and each conspiracy count. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 24 Nov. 2021 Ana Phimmasone, 37, of Chula Vista pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court to one court of wire fraud Tuesday — the same day the charges were filed. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2021 If convicted, McGrath faces up to 20 years in prison on each of four federal charges of wire fraud and up to 10 years in prison on each of two federal charges of misappropriation. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, 19 Nov. 2021 The maximum sentence for one count of wire fraud is 20 years in federal lockup. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, 18 Nov. 2021 Thirty years later, in 2014, Lavelle was convicted of lying to the FBI and two counts of wire fraud and went to prison again, this time for more than two years. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 16 Nov. 2021 David Kania, 62, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport to one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return, which together carry a maximum prison term of 23 years. Seamus Mcavoy, courant.com, 15 Nov. 2021 In 2004, she was convicted of wire fraud and two counts of lying to the FBI in connection with an investigation into another California company linked to the Superfund dispute. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2021

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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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28 Nov 2021

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“Wire fraud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wire%20fraud. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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