USPS Mail Fraud in Kansas City, Missouri

Mail fraud is an extremely prevalent method of criminal deception that is a common charge from the US Attorneys office.  Often times individuals that are charged with mail fraud in Kansas City are innocent and even if found guilty, can obtain a desire able outcome to their mail fraud charges.

Preserve your rights with a Kansas City Mail Fraud Lawyer

If you are subject to an arrest for a crime, there are several points you should know. You should always request that your mail fraud attorney be present before you speak to the police, investigators or anyone from the department of justice; that is your right. Never state aloud or sign any kind of confession, as this information can and will be used by the prosecution against you. No matter what, always contact a Kansas City mail fraud lawyer as soon as you are arrested or being investigated. You need to know your rights and have an attorney present or providing advice during the initial stages of the event as well as during questioning or interrogation. In most cases, the police miss or ignore evidence as well as facts that can be used to your advantage. Many times, they gather only the information they need to file charges against you. Remember, the police and prosecution are not on your side. Even if you feel your case is not defend able, an evaluation is critical because often times police, investigators and witnesses make mistakes that can be used to your advantage.
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What is Mail Fraud?

Often times the United States Attorney's Office will seek mail fraud indictments.  Mail Fraud is considered by the United States Postal Service as an illegal and fraudulent use of the united states postal service (USPS) to propagate fraudulent or criminal activities.  Typically this is to defraud the recipient of the mail and is typically tied in to defrauding financial institutions as well by stealing identity of others (identity theft).

Mail fraud in Kansas City, Missouri includes use of the USPS for mail fraud in order to obtain money from a fraudulent piece of mail.  Another often time use of mail fraud is the support of a fraudulent company using the USPS mail service, such as a Ponzi scheme or other illegal enterprise.  Ultimately, mail fraud is using the mail service in a pre-planned effort for fraudulent or criminal means, to deceive the recipient of the mail. This can include the counterfeiting of other entities via physical mail for fraudulent purposes.

Another common method of mail fraud is sending out false invoices or collections notices demanding payment from mail recipients that are completely false, however; they are used to deceive the recipient in to paying immediately via mail or money transfer to settle the false invoice.

One additional type of mail fraud is the charged party using an unsuspecting individual to receive and send out fraudulent mail unknowingly in return for payment or promise of payment.

You can learn more regarding the specifics of mail fraud in the United States code of federal crimes prosecuted by the department of justice (typically field offices) by viewing the Title 18, Section 1341 statute.  Found by clicking here.

This statute reads:
"There are two elements in mail fraud: (1) having devised or intending to devise a scheme to defraud (or to perform specified fraudulent acts), and (2) use of the mail for the purpose of executing, or attempting to execute, the scheme (or specified fraudulent acts)." Schmuck v. United States, 489 U.S. 705, 721 n. 10 (1989); see also Pereira v. United States, 347 U.S. 1, 8 (1954) ("The elements of the offense of mail fraud under . . . §  1341 are (1) a scheme to defraud, and (2) the mailing of a letter, etc., for the purpose of executing the scheme."); Laura A. Eilers & Harvey B. Silikovitz, Mail and Wire Fraud, 31 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 703, 704 (1994) (cases cited).

What are the penalties for Mail Fraud in Kansas City, Missouri?

  • First you will face fines, measured upon your unique circumstances.
  • If a bank, insurance company or financial institution is defrauded, their is the potential for a fine of not more than $1,000,000
  • You can face up to 30 years in prison, and that can be along with the fine of up to $1,000,000
  • If you are simply using a fictitious name and address, the offense is punishable by a fine along with up to 5 years in prison.

Why should you choose Matt O'Connor as your Kansas City Mail Fraud attorney?

Matt O'Connor has over 20 years of trial experience in Kansas City criminal defense cases.  He specializes in criminal defense, is well respected and has extensive experience working on federal and felony cases which is EXTREMELY important when selecting a criminal defense attorney.

Matt O'Connor has previously been a National Fox News legal contributor, and a professor of law and evidence, a published author for the Missouri Bar, a certified expert for attorney standards and representation; and foremost a mail fraud trial lawyer that is passionate about his clients' freedom and defense.


Kansas City Mail Fraud Defense Lawyer, Matt O'Connor

Matt O’Connor was previously a professor of the law of evidence, and he knows what it takes to successfully defend anyone who has been charged with crimes in Kansas City, Missouri. When you hire his team, you will get unparalleled personal attention and care that you won’t receive from any other law firm.  Matt O'Connor has over 20 years experience in the court room, and has often times been called upon as a legal contributor for programs like the national Fox News channel and many other local Kansas City stations.