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How is Mail Fraud Defined?

Mail fraud allegations consist of two elements: Devising a scheme to defraud an individual or entity and the intent to use mail for the purpose of executing a crime.

This charge often results from other criminal allegations, including health care fraud, tax fraud, and other illegal means of obtaining financial gain. These cases are evaluated when the United States Postal Service (USPS) or private mail carrier is used to commit these crimes

These crimes may involve using USPS to transport illegal items, using fake names and addresses, and/or simply conspiring to commit a crime involving mail transport.

What Are the Penalties for Mail Fraud?

federal mail fraud postal boxesThe penalties for mail fraud vary greatly based on the unique circumstances of each case. This is because generally other crimes are also involved.

In the least severe circumstances, mail fraud convictions carry up to 20 years in federal prison. Sentencing increases significantly when other elements are present. You could face up to 30 years behind bars and 1 million dollars in fines if a financial institution is impacted by your crimes.