false pretenses

   A form of fraud that involves knowingly making untrue statements or other misrepresentations to obtain money or property. Examples include falsely claiming to represent a charity and then keeping any donations, and claiming that a painting is an original when in fact it is a copy.

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  • false pretenses — false pre·tens·es / pre ˌten səz, pri ten / n pl: false representations concerning past or present facts that are made with the intent to defraud another; also: the crime of obtaining title to another s property by false pretenses compare larceny …   Law dictionary

  • False pretenses — False False, a. [Compar. {Falser}; superl. {Falsest}.] [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See {Fail}, {Fall}.] 1. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest; as, a false… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • false pretenses — n. Law deliberate misrepresentation of fact in speech or action in order to obtain another s property …   English World dictionary

  • False pretenses — For the films, see False Pretenses (film). Criminal law …   Wikipedia

  • false pretenses — Illegally obtaining money, goods, or merchandise from another by fraud or misrepresentation. As a statutory crime, although defined in slightly different ways in the various jurisdictions, consists generally of these elements: (1) an intent to… …   Black's law dictionary

  • false pretenses — noun plural : false representations concerning past or present facts or events for the purpose of defrauding another …   Useful english dictionary

  • false pretenses — 1. a deliberate misrepresentation of facts, as to obtain title to money or property. 2. the use of such misrepresentation. [1750 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • False Pretenses (film) — False Pretenses may refer to:* False Pretenses (1935 film) * False Pretenses (1974 film) …   Wikipedia

  • False Pretenses (1935 film) — Infobox Film name = False Pretenses image size = caption = director = Charles Lamont producer = George R. Batcheller writer = Ewart Adamson Betty Burbridge narrator = starring = Irene Ware music = cinematography = M. A. Anderson editing = Roland… …   Wikipedia

  • make false pretenses — index palter Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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