Columbia, South Carolina Mail Fraud Defense
Fighting An Allegation of Mail Fraud
The United States Code criminalizes, “any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses” involving the U.S. Mail system.
The problem with an allegation of mail fraud is that each act committed in a post office of taking out or putting in a letter that furthers the scheme, is a distinct and separate violation. Accordingly, with a mass mailing, hundreds of violations may have been committed.
Defending a mail fraud allegation requires a complete understanding of what the government must establish to secure a conviction. The Strom Law Firm, LLC, provides the sound legal knowledge and the resources to effectively represent you against charges of mail fraud.
As a former U.S. Attorney, Pete Strom handled these types of criminal fraud cases. Mr. Strom’s experience will provide you with an aggressive, strategic, and well planned defense.
What is Required to Set Forth a Mail Fraud Case
To secure a conviction of mail fraud, the government must establish:
- that you utilized the US postal system
- “for the purpose of executing” the fraudulent scheme.
To prove their case, the government only needs to prove that the mailing was incidental to an essential part of the scheme.
Defending Allegations of Mail Fraud
Several common defenses are available to defend an allegation of Mail Fraud.
First is a “good-faith” belief by the defendant in the truth of the misrepresentation may negate intent to defraud.
“Puffing” may also be a defense to Mail Fraud. Courts have defined “puffing” as an expression of opinion, as opposed to known false truths. Courts have held that one who expresses an honestly held opinion cannot be convicted of Mail Fraud.
If you have been charged with mail fraud contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation to discuss the most effective defense to your case and how to avoid further personal and professional damage. We handle your case with utmost discretion, exploring every viable strategy to secure a most favorable outlook. We offer flexible payment options and accept Visa and Mastercard.