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Mail fraud

Mail fraud occurs when the U.S. Mail is used in furtherance of a criminal act. In order for a defendant to be convicted under 18 U.S.C. 1341for committing mail fraud, the follow elements must be satisified: (1) the defendant must have been engaged in a scheme to defraud; (2) the scheme must have involved material misstatements or omissions; (3) the scheme resulted, or would have resulted upon completion, in the loss of money, property, or honest services; (4) the defendant must have used of U.S.


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House arrest

A punishment that can be ordered by a court which requires convicted or accused criminals to remain in their house for a period of time determined by the judge. Usually, the person is monitored electronically, and is permitted to leave the house only for purposes of work, community service, or medical attention. see, e.g. Reno v. Koray, 515 US 39 (1995).

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