Wire Fraud
Criminal Defense

Wire Fraud

In the realm of criminal offenses, wire fraud stands as a serious violation with potentially severe consequences. If you’ve been charged with wire fraud, secure your defense by calling us or sending us a message. At Kent Law Firm, we provide strong and astute defense against wire fraud charges. Shaun Kent brings a wealth of experience spanning over a decade in South Carolina, encompassing roles as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. With his comprehensive understanding of South Carolina's legal landscape and a history of successful outcomes, we will fight to protect your rights and guide you through the complexities of wire fraud cases.

Defense Against Wire Fraud Charges in South Carolina

What is Wire Fraud?

Wire fraud, as defined by the South Carolina Legislature, involves intentionally devising a scheme to defraud or obtain money, property, or anything of value by fraudulent means, and then using wire, radio, or television communications to execute that scheme. Unlike traditional fraud, wire fraud incorporates communication systems to carry out fraudulent activities. This offense is considered a federal crime due to the use of interstate wires, making it subject to federal jurisdiction.

Different Ways of Committing Wire Fraud

Wire fraud can manifest in various ways, often utilizing electronic communication channels such as telephone, radio, television, or the Internet. Scenarios include:
  • False Pretenses: Deceptively persuading individuals to provide money or information under false pretenses.
  • Phishing: Sending fraudulent emails or messages to trick recipients into revealing sensitive information.
  • Investment Schemes: Misrepresenting investment opportunities to lure individuals into providing funds.

Why is Wire Fraud a Federal Crime?

Wire fraud falls under federal jurisdiction due to its interstate nature, involving communication across state lines or using electronic systems that cross state borders. Federal agencies like the FBI handle wire fraud investigations and prosecutions, making the consequences potentially more severe than state-level fraud charges.

Penalties for Wire Fraud in South Carolina

Wire fraud convictions in South Carolina carry significant penalties. The exact consequences can vary based on the nature and extent of the offense, but generally, they include substantial fines and lengthy imprisonment. An individual found guilty of wire fraud may face a fine reaching $250,000 and a potential incarceration period of up to 20 years. In cases where wire fraud is linked to a national emergency or disaster, or when financial institutions are targeted, the penalties can be much greater. Convictions under these circumstances can result in fines of up to $1,000,000 and imprisonment for up to 30 years. Furthermore, particular situations such as utilizing telemarketing or victimizing senior citizens may contribute to extended periods of imprisonment.

Mounting a strong defense against wire fraud charges requires legal expertise. Potential defenses include challenging the intent element, demonstrating a lack of knowledge about fraudulent activities, proving a lack of involvement in the scheme, or highlighting constitutional violations during the investigation or prosecution.

Why You Need an Experienced Fraud Defense Lawyer in South Carolina

Facing wire fraud charges without skilled legal representation can jeopardize your future. Attorney Shaun Kent possesses the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the complexities of wire fraud cases. He knows what needs to be uncovered and leaves no stone unturned to craft a strong defense strategy tailored to your circumstances.

If you are facing wire fraud charges, take action now. Contact Kent Law Firm today at 803-433-5368 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation.