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Mail fraud is defined pretty broadly by federal officials

Of all the different federal offenses that someone can be charged with, mail fraud is perhaps the most common one.

There are two different types of actions that may result in you being charged with this crime.

First, anyone who engages in exchanging, using, selling, exchanging or distributing counterfeits may be charged with mail fraud. Additionally, anyone who obtains property or money via false pretenses may also face arrest for this crime.

In many ways mail fraud is a catch-all offense. Anyone who uses the U.S. Postal Service or any other private commercial carrier to send something obtained through fraudulent means can be charged with this federal crime. This is why it's possible for someone who mails receipts, letters, contracts or any other type of correspondence having to do with a fraudulent scheme to be charged with this crime.

U.S. mail fraud laws only apply to interstate matters. Minnesota maintains its jurisdiction if what was mailed never left the state's borders.

Individuals who are convicted on federal mail fraud charges may be sentenced to as long as 20 years in jail and be required to pay hefty fines. Those who are found guilty of mail fraud related to a banking institution or what's been deemed as a major emergency or disaster by the president may face up to 30 years in prison and as much as $1 million in fines.

Federal prosecutors tend to call upon all their resources in building a case against someone suspected of having engaged in financial impropriety. The feds are notorious for having a high conviction rate in white collar crime cases.

If you live in Minneapolis and have been accused of money laundering, fish and wildlife violations, gambling crimes or fraud, then you shouldn't trade on experience and results. You should instead have an attorney with a proven track record of success step in to protect your rights.

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