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Wire Fraud

Attorney in South Carolina Defending People Charged with Wire Fraud


What is federal wire fraud?

The term “wire fraud” refers to any act of fraud that takes place over electronic communications. Most commonly, perpetrators use a telephone or the internet to provide false representations of themselves to obtain money from unsuspecting victims. Because wire fraud cases have the potential to be interstate matters, they are classified as a federal offense and therefore carry severe penalties. When you face charges for wire fraud, retain the services of Jack B. Swerling Attorney at Law. Mr. Swerling’s reputation throughout South Carolina comes with more than 40 years of criminal law experience.

Important information about wire fraud

It is important to understand what exactly constitutes a false representation under wire fraud laws. The Supreme Court defines it as any misrepresentation capable of influencing another person’s decision-making process. Your federal criminal lawyer is likely to use this definition as an important factor in his defense strategy for your case.

There must also be evidence of a “scheme to defraud” another person in any wire fraud case. This refers to the actual fraudulent action. There are limitless ways that people can commit wire fraud, but two of the most well-known examples include:

  • Purchase fraud. Sometimes referred to as retail fraud, this form of theft occurs when a person attempts to make an online purchase using a stolen — or fake — debit or credit card. In cases where the purchase is made from one state, but the product is sold and/or distributed from another, you may face federal charges.
  • Requests for money transfers. This type of fraud is often committed through email. A person requests that you send him/her money to a foreign bank, with the promise that s/he will return the payment later. The “Nigerian Prince” email is perhaps the most famous of these scams.
  • Online stock manipulation. The same principles apply to online stock fraud, such as short-selling, as it does to standard securities fraud. The charges are handled at a federal level, meaning stricter fines and harsher penalties if you’re convicted.

The penalties for white collar crimes such as wire, mortgage and bank fraud are severe — people found guilty of wire fraud offenses face lengthy prison sentences and enormous fines. You must obtain the assistance of a qualified attorney if you hope to successfully defend yourself from these charges.

Work with a wire fraud lawyer in South Carolina today

Jack B. Swerling, Attorney at Law provides free initial consultations to South Carolina citizens in need of defense for wire fraud cases. To schedule your visit, call the firm at 800-701-0599 or arrange your appointment online. Take advantage of Mr. Swerling’s skill and experience as you fight to keep your reputation clean.

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  • Jack Swerling, Derrick Mobley and Alissa Wilson were successful in having a Judge rule after an extensive hearing, that the defendant was immune from prosecution based on the “Stand Your Ground” law in a murder prosecution. The Judgment was handed down on March 29, 2021.
  • Jack Swerling, Gregory Harris and Alissa Wilson obtained a Not Guilty Verdict in Lexington County on March 3, 2022. An Orthopedic Surgeon was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of a friend.
  • “When Jack is on my docket, I tell my law clerks, ‘You do not want to miss this. You are seeing one of the greatest trial lawyers in the state’s history.'” -South Carolina Circuit Court Judge
  • Jack was selected to Super Lawyers Magazine Top Ten List for 2019. Each year Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in South Carolina via a selection process involving peer evaluations, independent research and professional achievement. The South Carolina lawyers who receive the highest points during this selection process are further recognized in the South Carolina Super Lawyers Top Ten List.
  • USA v. FRANK*: In a child pornography case, Swerling was successful in obtaining a 22 level variance reducing the defendant’s sentence from 8 years to 6 months.
  • STATE v. BORIS: The defendant was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a case where the defendant was involved in a shoot-out with 3 police officers.
  • STATE v. TYGER: Jack Swerling obtains a not guilty verdict in a criminal sexual conduct case in Beaufort County.
  • Pre Trial Dispositions: STATE v. DWAYNE: Mr. Swerling successfully argued for the dismissal of stalking and unlawful use of telephone charges brought against a prominent businessman in Florence County.
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