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The mail fraud charade



"Mail fraud is the most commonly used criminal charge today in federal white-collar prosecutions," writes Stetson lawprof Ellen Podgor. It's also a crucial factor in the ongoing federal criminalization of what would otherwise be at most state-level offenses. Yet the activities being criminalized often have no more than an incidental nexus to mail transactions or postal delivery. Wayne State lawprof Peter Henning has said, "maybe it should just be called federal fraud."

 

 


Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

Published by the Manhattan Institute

The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.