If you're like many Minnesota residents, you may have read or heard stories in which defendants have been accused of mail fraud. However, do you really know exactly what that means? Just what things might result in you or someone you know being accused of this type of crime?
One thing that may be suprising to you is that a particular alleged act of fraud does not actually have to be initiated via U.S. mail. According to the United States Postal Inspection Service, it is the use of mail service as a means of getting information to and from consumers in a larger fraud scheme that mail lead to charges of mail fraud. This is why sometimes you hear of people being charged with mail fraud along with other types of white collar crimes.
Examples of things that may be involved with alleged fraudulent activity are advertisements to work from home. Sometimes this includes the at-home worker mailing items that were believed to be obtained illegally either via direct theft or theft of a credit card with which items are purchased. This, however, does not mean that all work-from-home opportunities are fraudulent and drawing this type of conclusion is exactly what people should avoid doing. Giving into stereotypes may make it harder for defendants to see that they always have the ability to fight charges against them.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Minnesota residents an overview of what is considered mail fraud in the eyes of the U.S. government.