Understanding mail fraud allegations

On Behalf of | Nov 12, 2017 | Federal Crimes, Firm News

When hearing about allegations of criminal activity involving suspected mail fraud, it is understandable that New York residents may wonder exactly what that might entail. A murder charge is relatively clear in most cases as it involves the death of another person. With mail fraud, many things may contribute to a person being charged with this type of crime.

As explained by the Office of the United States Attorneys, there are two essential components to any allegation of mail fraud. The first is that the defendant is accused of deliberating planning to defraud another person or persons. That, however, is not enough. In addition, the use of the U.S. mail system must have been involved in the alleged fraudulent plan or act.

The United States Postal Inspection Service is one entity that may participate in the investigation of any suspected criminal activity in which mail fraud is alleged. This entity is not able to provide any ruling on restitution to alleged victims but it can recommend that a person be prosecuted for mail fraud based upon its findings.

Despite the rise of electronic modes of communication, physical mail or snail mail as it is sometimes called remains an effective and viable means of communicating with people. Many legitimate offers are extended to people via the U.S. mail service. Some offers received by mail that may be accused of being fraudulent include those offering free items, participation in contests or employment opportunities that seem to suggest a person might earn a high income with minimal effort.