Florida Woman Arrested, Charged With Stealing More Than $300,000 From Own Grandmother
According to a report from the Belleville News-Democrat, a Florida woman is facing a felony federal criminal charge in Illinois for allegedly stealing more than $300,000 from her own grandmother. Tanya M. Aboseada, 38, is facing wire fraud charges. Within this blog post, our Orlando white collar criminal defense lawyer explains what we know about the case and provides an overview of the federal wire fraud charges.
The Charges: 12 Counts of Wire Fraud for Scam Against Grandmother
Tanya M. Aboseada—a resident of South Florida—is reportedly facing 12 counts of wire fraud for allegedly scamming her grandmother. The elderly victim is a resident of Cahokia Heights, Illinois. The federal charges were announced as part of an indictment, filed in the United States Court for the Southern District of Illinois. According to the allegations raised by prosecutors, Ms. Aboseada engaged in a more than one-year long scheme to obtain wire transfers from her grandmother on false grounds. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in federal prison. All defendants accused of white collar fraud charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
White Collar Crimes: Understanding Federal Wire Fraud Charges
Wire fraud is a serious criminal charge. It is often charged as a federal criminal offense. It can carry serious criminal penalties, including significant prison time. Here is a more comprehensive overview of the basics of federal wire fraud charges:
- The Definition: Federal wire fraud charges pertain to fraudulent activities using electronic communications or interstate wire facilities. Covered under 18 U.S.C. § 1343, these charges often involve scams conducted via phone, email, or the internet.
- The Jurisdiction: As a federal crime, wire fraud cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, often involving the FBI. Cases are tried in federal court.
- The Required Legal Elements: There are four main components to a wire fraud charge: 1) A scheme or artifice to defraud someone of property, 2) The use of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, 3) The perpetrator must have intended to defraud, and 4) The scheme involved a material deception.
- The Criminal Penalties: Wire fraud is one of the most serious white collar criminal offenses. Conviction can lead to severe penalties, including imprisonment of up to 20 years. If the scheme impacts a financial institution or is connected to a presidentially declared disaster or emergency, penalties can extend to 30 years imprisonment and substantial fines.
Contact Our Florida White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney for Immediate Help
At The Baez Law Firm, our Florida white collar criminal defense lawyer has the specialized skills and experience to defend wire fraud charges, including federal cases. If you or your loved one is facing wire fraud allegations, please do not hesitate to contact us today for a strictly private, no obligation consultation. WIth a law office in Orlando and a law office in Miami, we defend white collar criminal charges throughout all of Florida.