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What actions could be considered acts of wire fraud?

"White collar crime" is a term that encompasses financial crimes a person in upper management commits. Wire fraud is an act that often falls under the category of white collar crimes.

Wire fraud is an act of fraud in which a person isn't actually present and thus is happens over phone wires or internet connections in which a person intends to dupe another into giving over personal or financial information in hopes of financial gain. Telemarketing fraud is a common area of wire fraud in which a telemarketing call is a method in which one attempts to grant access to a person's financial information in hopes of exploiting, or by attempting to exploit a person financially.

Wire fraud can be prosecuted as a state crime, a federal crime or both. Generally, if the alleged wire fraud occurred across state lines, it can be charged as a federal crime as there are multiple jurisdictions involved. If the alleged crime occurred within the state of Texas, it might only be prosecuted by that governing body.

Oftentimes, wire fraud is committed over the internet by means of contacting a person. It could be committed in this way and over the phone and even by other means like over fax. Wire fraud can also be associated with other crimes like mail fraud, depending on the situation. Certain financial crime charges hold more weight than others, so it can be helpful for those that are accused to understand the different aspects a white collar crime, like wire fraud, can hold.

Source:, "Wire Fraud," Accessed May 22, 2017

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