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

Johnson was suspended from office last week following his indictment on more than two dozen federal charges including wire fraud and theft of government funds. Fox News, "Court suspends law license for SC prosecutor facing charges," 25 Sep. 2018 They're accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, bank fraud and wire fraud and manufacture, distribution or possession of marijuana. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Credit card fraud financed state-licensed Corvallis Cannabis Club, feds say," 12 June 2018 Stewart-Cabrera faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of mail fraud and wire fraud counts, the release said. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Woman accused of cheating trustees, spending their money on Vegas gambling trip," 30 May 2018 The defendants are charged with wire fraud, money laundering, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, among other offenses. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Eight people charged with running a multimillion-dollar online ad scam," 27 Nov. 2018 The indictment was originally filed in October 2016 against 61 people and includes charges of conspiracy to commit identity theft, impersonation of an officer of the United States, wire fraud, and money laundering. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "24 people have now been sentenced in India-based phone-scam case," 24 July 2018 Cain was charged with nine felonies: money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Uresti’s co-defendant set to be sentenced," 27 June 2018 Steven Reed was found guilty of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Convicted former DA Walter Reed takes case to appeals court," 1 May 2018 Paul Rampoldi, 50, was convicted of conspiracy to commit insider trading, wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the profits made from the $1.2 billion acquisition of Ardea Biosciences by pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Stockbroker convicted of insider trading; co-defendant pleads guilty," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of wire fraud

1951, in the meaning defined above

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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