wire fraud

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wire fraud (countable and uncountable, plural wire frauds)

  1. (US, law) A class of felonies, providing for a separate and additional federal penalty for any crime of fraud involving the use of electronic communications methods.
    • 1991, D. M. Maus, "License Procurement and the Federal Mail Fraud Statute," The University of Chicago Law Review, vol. 58, no. 3, p. 1126:
      The mail fraud statute and its counterpart, the wire fraud statute, historically have been powerful instruments for prosecutors.