Just as in every state, people in Georgia utilize the USPS on a daily basis. While it is generally a very ordinary activity, sometimes the mail is used as a venue to facilitate a crime. Charges for mail fraud are very serious and a conviction can come with stiff financial penalties and prison time. But why might just a small aspect of crime be considered so seriously? 

According to the United States Postal Service, mail fraud is any kind of fraud that uses the mail. It does not matter whether it begins on the telephone, online or through the mail. Once any part of the commission of a crime goes through the mail system it is considered a federal offense known as mail fraud. The most common categories of mail fraud are financial, employment, telemarketing, sweepstakes, telemarketing and fraud against veterans or the elderly. 

In fact, The New York Times reported that mail fraud charges were included in a list of criminal charges in the recent college bribery admissions scandal involving actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. Fifty people were charged with various crimes in this complicated criminality. In addition to the television stars, others implicated were college consultants, parents and college athletic coaches. Although the sheer sum of money made bribery appear to be the most important aspect of the scandal, the list of criminal charges included conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. 

Even though sending something through the mail may not seem like a big deal, if it is in any way part of a crime then there is a good chance that charges for mail fraud will be added to the indictment. Since this is a federal crime, it must be taken very seriously.