Texas couple sentenced after conviction for federal crimes

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2022 | Federal Crimes

The penalties — including fines, time behind bars and more — one may face for a criminal conviction depend largely on the specific charges and other details of the case. For example, a conviction at the federal level, particularly for a felony, will result in harsher penalties than in a state court. A Texas couple was recently sentenced to serve time in a federal prison after a conviction for defrauding homeowners.

Serious penalties for wire fraud

The couple was convicted of fraud violations, specifically wire fraud. The boyfriend pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and a judge sentenced him to 180 months in a federal prison. The girlfriend pleaded guilty for her role in the white collar criminal scheme. She was sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison.

In addition to their prison sentences, the couple must also pay restitution to those harmed in the wire fraud operation. They must pay back $820,900 to their victims, individuals who were affected by a scheme that involved taking money from homeowners for remodeling projects. After taking money, the homeowners would then have to pay the defendants more money for work to begin, yet the work was never completed.

The implications of federal crimes

Wire fraud is a federal offense, and this case illustrates the significant penalties that can accompany these allegations. In this situation, the defendants may have found it best for their long-term interests to plead guilty in order to mitigate some of the penalties they were facing. A Texas criminal defense attorney can provide guidance to one facing federal charges regarding the best way to approach the individual case.