Wire Fraud Statute

The federal wire fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1343, is identified by 18 U.S.C. § 1961(1) as an indictable predicate act for purposes of racketeering and provides:
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, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

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