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 In 2017, Takata pleaded guilty to wire fraud and agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal penalties for selling the faulty airbag inflators. Clara McMichael, ABC News, 29 May 2024 In 2020, federal prosecutors indicted Gabriel Hernández, who was running the Puerto Rico office of the accounting firm BDO USA, on wire fraud charges. Jesse Drucker, New York Times, 28 May 2024 Investigators are looking into whether Tesla committed wire fraud by misleading consumers about the technology and whether Tesla committed securities fraud by deceiving investors, Reuters reports. Vinamrata Chaturvedi, Quartz, 8 May 2024 In January 2022, a jury convicted Holmes of three counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for wire fraud 

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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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 12 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

wire fraud

see fraud

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