Mail/Wire Fraud Sentencing
Just as the court exercises a large amount of discretion in determining whether the elements of the mail and wire fraud statutes have been satisfied, they are afforded substantial leeway in the area of sentencing. The mail, wire, and honest services fraud statutes are powerful prosecutorial weapons that have undoubtedly been used against unsuspecting individuals who never knew such prohibitions existed. Likewise, some of the most notorious criminals in American History have been convicted of mail and wire fraud. Sentences for mail and wire fraud convictions can vary greatly based on the conduct of the Defendant convicted, the jurisdiction in which the Defendant was convicted, and the creativity of the criminal attorney representing the Defendant.