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 Courtney, who was a DEA spokesman from 2005 to 2009, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud in June 2020. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Former DEA spokesman sentenced to seven years in prison for $4.4M fraud scheme," 28 Oct. 2020 Falcone pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in June 2019. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Wine distributor gets 2 years in prison for fraud scheme involving 'Shark Tank' product," 11 Oct. 2020 Sah was indicted on three counts of wire fraud, three counts of bank fraud and one count of money laundering. Dallas News, "Coppell man charged with scamming $17 million in PPP money to buy luxury cars and homes," 9 Oct. 2020 Scott Harkonen, the former CEO of biotech firm InterMune, was convicted of wire fraud in 2009 but the drug his company developed, Esbriet, was helpful to patients with a type of obstructive lung disease. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Eager for a Covid vaccine, Trump now trusts drug companies he previously vilified," 30 Sep. 2020 Last week, two traders who formerly worked at Deutsche Bank AG were convicted in Chicago federal court of wire fraud tied to spoofing allegations. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "JPMorgan Paying $920 Million to Resolve Market Manipulation Probes," 29 Sep. 2020 Prosecutors charged Meisch with one count of wire fraud in a bill of information on Wednesday. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "New Orleans police ex-lieutenant charged with embezzling almost $330,000 from Catholic church," 25 Sep. 2020 Louisville said in its response the case arose from a criminal conspiracy to defraud the university, led by several people associated with Adidas who have since been convicted by a federal jury of multiple counts of wire fraud. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Three takeaways from Louisville's response to NCAA's NOA, Level I violation charges," 22 Sep. 2020 If convicted of wire fraud, Doolittle faces a potential 20-year-maximum sentence and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. Chron, "Houston energy exec charged with bilking investors out of $1.2 million in oil and gas deals," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

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“Wire fraud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wire%20fraud. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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