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

She has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud which comes with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Bad Girls Club Star & Kanye's Muse Shannade Clermont Arrested for Stealing Dead Man's Identity," 11 July 2018 Barriss and Viner are charged together with seven counts of wire fraud and a single count of conspiracy. NBC News, "Three — including the intended victim — charged in Kansas 'swatting' death," 24 May 2018 Shannade, 24, was charged with wire fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, the attorney’s office said in the release. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Bad Girls Club Star & Kanye's Muse Shannade Clermont Arrested for Stealing Dead Man's Identity," 11 July 2018 Along with Gatto and other significant persons in the industry, Dawkins was indicted last September with multiple charges for felony wire fraud and money laundering. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Why Maryland Receiving FBI Subpoenas Should Worry Other College Programs, Basketball Players," 7 July 2018 The Washington Post has reported that, in addition to campaign finance violations, Cohen is being investigated for bank fraud and wire fraud. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Michael Cohen Apparently Flipping Is Extremely Bad News for Trump," 2 July 2018 Former County Commissioner Michael Fox was sent to prison for four years for wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Jailed ex-Dynus owner Orlando Carter seeks $500M in damages from John Boehner, PNC, others," 11 June 2018 Hollywood attorney Randall Gilbert met Steven Sacks in 2005 while Sacks was in a halfway house after doing federal prison time for wire fraud related to embezzlement. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He let an embezzler of $7.9 million handle his law firm's books. What could go wrong? | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 Maximum penalties for wire fraud are up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release, the plea deal says. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Plea deal: Treasurer spent stolen Eagle River youth hockey funds on chicken coop, trip to Disneyland," 8 May 2018

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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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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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