The Blanch Law Firm offers the highest-quality criminal defense against mail fraud charges, which is often a task as complex and intricate as the schemes themselves. Cases of this magnitude require more than a single lawyer, which is why our unique system has been supremely successful. We assign a team of 6 top-notch attorneys to work around the clock, striving single-mindedly towards only one goal: to win for the client.
Mail fraud means making a representation-without any belief in its truth-by means of the U.S. Postal Service or any other mail carrier for the purpose of financial gain by having a recipient of the representation act to its detriment on that representation. If you use mail as a means of making fraudulent representations work to your financial benefit, you have committed the crime of mail fraud. Mail fraud is codified by statute under 18 U.S.C. § 1341. An additional crime, which is often charged in tandem with it, is conspiracy to engage in mail fraud (18 U.S.C. § 371). Conviction for mail fraud can result in severe monetary penalties and up to twenty years' imprisonment.
The Blanch Law Firm has mounted successful defenses to mail fraud charges by exploiting loopholes in the law. For example, defendants are not liable for negligent misstatements. Additionally, complainants must prove that as a direct consequence of the representation, they suffered actual damage capable of financial measurement, which is not possible in all cases. And in cases where a transaction resulted from a representation that may have been misleading but that has been rendered null and void without any resultant financial damage, there is no incentive to prove that the representation was false.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) often pursues mail fraud charges in conjunction with another related crime: Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. §§ 1956 and 1957).
Contrary to popular opinion, the crime of money laundering is not committed merely by exchanging one pile of currency for another. Money laundering occurs by hiding the source of money, usually because the gains were ill-gotten through a broad range of criminal activity. Individuals and organizations are charged with money laundering because they have engaged in complex financial transactions for the sole purpose of concealing that the money was derived from illegal gambling, prostitution, narcotics, drugs, and trafficking in stolen goods.
Nowadays, the DOJ is stepping up its efforts to eradicate money laundering by seeking maximum penalties against violators. Conviction for money laundering carries a prison sentence of up to twenty years. Additionally, a judge can order forfeiture of all assets derived from money laundering schemes, such as mail fraud or conspiracy to defraud.
The Blanch Law Firm has decades of experience defending against mail fraud and money laundering charges. Our proactive and aggressive attorneys have developed techniques for dealing successfully with them. In many cases, our attorneys have obtained dismissal of all charges or have provided expert legal defense at trial, resulting in outcomes favorable to clients.
If you have participated in mail fraud or money laundering, taking immediate defensive action can mean the difference between being charged with a crime or avoiding prosecution. To discuss your legal options in a free consultation, Contact The Blanch Law Firm by calling 888-984-5586 .