What Is Mail Fraud?
Federal Mail Fraud Statute 18 USC 1341
18 USC 1341 defines the commission of mail fraud. The essence of the provision is to make it unlawful to use mail in furtherance of a crime. In order to make a person guilty of mail fraud, it is essential that the following acts are committed:
- The individual must have used any device or scheme consisting a fraud
- The act must involve false statements or act of omissions
- The act or scheme caused a material injury with the loss of property, money and services
- The individual used the US mail in the commission of the offense
Mail Fraud Cases
The United States Postal Inspection Service is the primary agency concerned in the investigation of a crime using the mail in furtherance of a scheme to defraud another. They are involved in investigating the number, pattern of the crime and takes cognizance of complaints from the public involving mail fraud as defined in 18 USC 1341. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the United States Postal Service has special agents who conduct an investigation for possible internal crime and frauds committed within the postal service. The agency also ensures to safeguard the revenue and assets of the Postal Service.
Mail Fraud Penalties
The penalties provided by 18 USC 1341 for mail fraud consist of either a fine or a prison term:
- The penalty of imprisonment in the commission of mail fraud consists of an imprisonment of not more than 20 years
- A fine of not more than $250,000 or not more than $500,000 for organizations
- If the victim is a financial institution, the imprisonment is higher of not more than 30 years. The same penalty is imposed when the crime was committed during a natural disaster.
- The same penalties are imposed for conspirators and those who abet and aid in the commission of the crime.
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