Federal Mail Fraud: Definition & Federal Statute


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Two elements that must be present in order for a person to be guilty of mail fraud are that _____:

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1. The laws that regulate and stipulate penalties for mail fraud originate from the _____:

2. The Mail Fraud Act can be used as a tool for prosecuting other, more extensive types of fraud because _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet/quiz will assess what you know about mail fraud and how it occurs. You'll be quizzed on key topics such as the two things that must be present for a person to be guilty of mail fraud and the legislation that stipulates the laws and penalties associated with mail fraud.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be responsible for the following topics:

  • Prosecution of more sophisticated types of mail fraud
  • Length of time a person can serve in prison for mail fraud
  • Things that increase mail fraud fines and prison terms

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of mail fraud and how it's connected to a certain law that was passed in the U.S.
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the circumstances that must be present for a person to be considered guilty of mail fraud and the time they might serve in prison for their offense
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the way more sophisticated forms of mail fraud are prosecuted

Additional Learning

More information on mail fraud is available in the accompanying lesson entitled Federal Mail Fraud: Definition & Federal Statute. These key points will be considered:

  • Consequences of mail fraud on citizens
  • Basic description of mail fraud
  • Reasons people commit mail fraud
  • Predicate offenses
  • Restitution