Federal Laws


15 U.S.C. § 45 makes it unlawful to engage in “unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce.” It grants the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jurisdiction over investigating and seeking appropriate relief against the perpetrators of such acts.

Mail & Wire Fraud Act

  • 18 U.S.C. § 1343: Prohibits the use of wire, radio, or television services in the perpetration of interstate or foreign commerce fraud.
    • Individuals who wire money to others as payment for a fraudulent scheme are also liable under this act.
  • 18 U.S.C. §1957: Forbids parties from knowingly engaging in criminal activity and then using the ill-gotten money for personal gain. This statute only pertains to fraudulent actions involving monies equal or in greater value than $10,000.
  • 8 U.S.C., § 1306(c), Application for or Procurement of an Alien Registration Card through Fraud
  • 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv), Encouraging/Inducing Aliens to Enter or Reside in

the United States in Violation of Law

  • 18 U.S.C. § 371, Conspiracy
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(1), False Statements/Fraud
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1028, Document/Identity Fraud
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1028A, Aggravated Identity Theft
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1505, Obstruction of Proceedings before Departments, Agencies, and Committees
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1546, Fraud and Misuse of Visas, Permits, and Other Documents
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1956, Money Laundering