Mail Fraud Statute

The federal mail fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1341, is identified in 18 U.S.C. § 1961(1) as an indictable predicate act for purposes of racketeering. It provides in relevant part:

Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, or to sell, dispose of, loan, exchange, alter, give away, distribute, supply, or furnish or procure for unlawful use any counterfeit or spurious coin, obligation, security, or other article, or anything represented to be or intimated or held out to be such counterfeit or spurious article, for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice or attempting so to do, places in any post office or authorized depository for mail matter, any matter or thing whatever to be sent or delivered by the Postal Service, or deposits or causes to be deposited any matter or thing whatever to be sent or delivered by any private or commercial interstate carrier, …, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. 18 U.S.C. § 1341 (West 2010).

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