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U.S. Postal Inspectors investigate any crime in which the U.S.
Mail is used to further a scheme--whether it originated in the mail, by
telephone, or on the Internet. The use of the U.S. Mail is what makes it mail
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Mail fraud is an offense under
United States federal law, which includes any scheme that attempts to
unlawfully obtain money or valuables in which the
postal system is used at any point in the commission of a criminal offense.
is covered by
18 of the United States Code, Chapter 63. As in the case of
wire fraud, this statute
is often used as a basis for a separate federal prosecution of what would
otherwise have been only a violation of a state law.
- §1341 targets frauds and
- §1342 applies to fictitious name or address.
- §1343 applies to
by wire, radio, or television.
- §1344 applies to
- §1345 provides for injunctions against fraud.
- §1346 is a single sentence: "For the purposes of this chapter,
the term “scheme or artifice to defraud” includes a scheme or
artifice to deprive another of the
intangible right of
- §1347 targets
health care fraud.
- §1348 targets
- §1349 is a single sentence: "Any person who attempts or
conspires to commit any offense under this chapter shall be subject
to the same penalties as those prescribed for the offense, the
commission of which was the object of the attempt or conspiracy."
- §1350 was introduced by the
Sarbanes-Oxley Act and applies to failure of corporate officers
to certify financial reports.