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Definition of the noun mail fraud

What does mail fraud mean as a name of something?


  1. use of the mails to defraud someone
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: fraud = intentional deception resulting in injury to another person

Alternative definition of the noun mail fraud


  1. [US, legal] A class of felonies, providing for a separate and additional federal penalty for any criminal offense whose perpetration involved the use of the postal system of the United States of America.

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Google previewAging: An Encyclopedia for Adding Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years (2000)

by Arthur F. Beringause

Mail fraud is big business. Some conmen rely on misleading stationery which looks as though it comes from the government. The National Council ofSenior Citizens warns against indiscriminate giving ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Education Law (2008)

by Charles J. Russo

For instance, the Federal Mail Fraud Act provides for criminal penalties for certain fraudulent acts. Fraud can be distinguished from lying or perjury in that the victim of fraud must suffer actual harm from a reliance on the misrepresentation.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Services Research (2009)

by Ross M. Mullner

The mail fraud statute permits prosecution for sending false claims through the mail, and the wire fraud statute does the same for claims submitted electronically. Various criminal laws broadly forbid knowingly representing false information to ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of American Law (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

A number of federal statutes punish fraudulent conduct, such as the False Claims Act, the Mail Fraud Act, and ...

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