Hoax bad, but not criminal
Lawsuit could arise from the Manti Te'o case, but criminal charges unlikely
Whether Manti Te'o was a victim of a hoax or one of its participants, the bizarre scenario involving a nonexistent girlfriend raises the possibility of legal repercussions. Some legal questions surrounding the case and their answers:
Q: Is anyone in real trouble? Will any of the participants face criminal charges?
A: No. There is the theoretical possibility of a federal charge of wire fraud or cyberfraud as the result of the participants' use of the telephone and the Internet, but ...
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Manti Te'o denied being part of a hoax involving a relationship with a person online whom he considered his girlfriend, during an interview with ESPN on Friday night. Story »