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Hoax bad, but not criminal

Lawsuit could arise from the Manti Te'o case, but criminal charges unlikely

Updated: January 17, 2013, 6:03 PM ET
By Lester Munson | ESPN.com

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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