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18 U.S.C.. § 1343 defines federal wire fraud very broadly as a person intending to defraud others who uses writings, signs, signals, pictures or sounds by means of wire, radio, or television communication across state or country borders to further the fraud.  The penalty ranges from a fine to imprisonment for not more than 20 years or both.   If the wire fraud concerns a presidentially declared major disaster or emergency or affects a financial institution, the penalty ranges from a fine not more than $1,000,000 to imprisonment for up to 30 years or both.

“With wire fraud, it’s all about the facts—I groove on digging into them.”  Lisa Witt



The penalties for wire fraud carry serious financial and personal consequences.  Lisa will thoroughly evaluate your case and determine if one or more of the following potential defense strategies apply:


  • Act described is not wire fraud:  The act described in the indictment may not fit the statutory definition of mail fraud.


  • Charged conduct did not execute the scheme:  Charged conduct must be for the purpose of executing the scheme.


  • Good faith or the absence of intent to defraud:  You may have acted in good faith or can otherwise prove absence of intent to defraud.


  • Entrapment:  You may have been entrapped by federal law enforcement to commit wire fraud.

“Federal charges can be intricate which is right up my alley.”

  Lisa Witt

  • Lack of materiality of falsehood:  The falsehood may lack the materiality needed to prove wire fraud beyond a reasonable doubt.


  • Government witnesses are not credible:The federal government’s witnesses may be lying or mistaken about what happened.


  • Incredibility of government’s story:  The government’s story may be incredible based on the timeline or other evidence.


  • Missing or tainted evidence:  Sometimes the government’s evidence is missing or tainted. 


  • Preclusion of federal government’s evidence:  The government may have violated your constitutional rights or otherwise acted illegally in obtaining evidence or your confession so the evidence must be precluded.


  • Insufficiency of government’s evidence:  The government may have insufficient evidence to prove wire fraud beyond a reasonable doubt.


  • Government agents’ misconduct:  There may be government agents’ misconduct in investigating the charge, collecting the evidence, interviewing the victim and witnesses, or obtaining your confession.


  • Reduction in number of counts: Each count of your indictment should concern a separate criminal act or victim and not be parts of the same wire fraud.


  • Prosecutorial misconduct:  There may be prosecutorial misconduct in disclosing the evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses, and in the general course of your case.


  • Possible other defenses:  Depending on the unique facts of your case, there may be other possible defenses.  Lisa thinks outside the box when defending your case so she may come up with a novel defense that no other attorney has thought of before.


If you or a loved one is facing a charge of wire fraud, it’s very important to hire an analytical, passionate defense attorney who will fight for you as soon as possible.  Call LisaLaw, LLC or fill out the on-line form for a free case review.

Lisa Witt is a Mesa/Phoenix, Arizona wire fraud defense attorney serving clients facing charges in the East Valley, West Valley, Maricopa County, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Queen Creek, Gilbert, Casa Grande, Surprise, Goodyear, Buckeye, Youngtown, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Tolleson.

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