wire fraud


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

Example Sentences

He was charged with wire fraud.
Recent Examples on the Web McGrath, 53, was supposed to stand trial on embezzlement and wire fraud charges in the U.S. District Court for Baltimore on March 13. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 24 Mar. 2023 On Friday, a panel of 12 jurors drawn from a wide swath of Southern California began deliberating whether to convict Ridley-Thomas of 19 counts, including bribery and honest services mail and wire fraud as part of a corrupt conspiracy. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2023 Yanping Wang, described as Guo’s chief of staff, faces charges including conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud. Larry Neumeister, ajc, 15 Mar. 2023 In January, the Justice Department unsealed criminal conspiracy and wire fraud charges against 25 people in connection with the sale of 7,600 fake diplomas from three now-defunct South Florida nursing schools. Laura Smythe, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023 Thirteen doctors also were charged, and all but two pleaded guilty to lesser charges of money laundering or wire fraud. Faith Karimi, CNN, 3 Feb. 2023 Hutchinson is scheduled for sentencing next month before U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker on federal counts of bribery conspiracy, wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, 18 Jan. 2023 The pair was indicted in 2019 on 12 counts, including tax evasion, conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud. CBS News, 18 Jan. 2023 The two doctors were convicted on charges that included money laundering, mail and wire fraud and even a violation of the RICO organized crime statute. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 5 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wire fraud was in 1951

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“Wire fraud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wire%20fraud. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition

wire fraud

see fraud

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