The United States Supreme Court has held that the coverage of the mail fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1341, is limited to the prosecution of fraudulent schemes utilizing the mails that lead to the deprivation of monetary and property interests, while the deprivation of intangible rights, such as the right to honest and impartial government, is not included within the scope of the mail fraud statute.
McNally v. United States, 107 S. Ct. 2875 (1987).
William J. Hathaway,
Criminal Law - Mail Fraud - Statutory Interpretation - Scope,
Duq. L. Rev.
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