Mail Fraud – using the U.S. Postal Service to make false representations in order to obtain money or anything else of value

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mail fraud:

1. An act of fraud using the U.S. Postal Service, as in making false representations through the mail to obtain an economic advantage. 18 USCA §§ 1341-1347. [1] 

1. The use of the mails to perpetrate a fraud.  it is a federal crime.  The essence of the offense is using the mails to make a fraudulent misrepresentation for the purpose of obtaining money or anything else of value.  The crime is also known as using the mails to defraud.
     See also wire fraud. [2]

using the mails to defraud:

1. The use of the mails in perpetrating a fraud.  A crime in violation of the federal statutes, the essence of which consists in the making of false promises which the parties never intended to perform, or false representations which they never intended to make good, by means of which they obtain money or other property. Barnard v United States (CA9 Cal) 16 F2d 451. [3]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931


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