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.

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James Brantley, the owner of Southeastern Provision meatpacking plant in Bean Station, agreed last week to plead guilty to employing unauthorized immigrants, tax evasion and wire fraud. Fox News, "Safety violations found at slaughterhouse raided earlier," 24 Aug. 2018 Federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Debra Mulloy, of Milford, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. BostonGlobe.com, "Papa John’s founder apologizes for racial slur," 12 July 2018 Three of the firms’ executives — Louis Ciminelli of LPCiminelli, and Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi, of COR — also were convicted of conspiracy and wire fraud, and Mr. Gerardi was also found guilty of making a false statement. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "Architect of Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Project Is Convicted in Bid-Rigging Scheme," 12 July 2018 But after an 11-day trial in January in Madison federal court, Sinovel was convicted of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, theft of trade secrets and wire fraud. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chinese firm fined $1.5 million in theft of trade secrets from Wisconsin computer firm," 6 July 2018 Sharif Karie, 40, of Olathe and Sheri Beamon, 47, of Kansas City were indicted Wednesday on charges of conspiracy, theft of public money, aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "KC day care operators scammed more than $500,000 from the government, feds allege," 28 June 2018 Cohen is under federal investigation for possible campaign finance violations as well as bank and wire fraud. Beth Reinhard, chicagotribune.com, "Stormy Daniels to meet with prosecutors in Michael Cohen investigation," 24 June 2018 This carries a maximum 20 years in prison, plus a fine of $250,000 for each count of conspiracy and wire fraud. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Federal prosecutors indict Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes for fraud," 15 June 2018 Barriss also is charged with making false reports and hoaxes, cyberstalking, making interstate threats, making interstate threats to harm by fire and wire fraud. Roxana Hegemen, Cincinnati.com, "Local gamer pleads not guilty in 'swatting' death," 14 June 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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