defraud


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to defraud: forge, fraudulence, incontinency

Defraud

To make a Misrepresentation of an existing material fact, knowing it to be false or making it recklessly without regard to whether it is true or false, intending for someone to rely on the misrepresentation and under circumstances in which such person does rely on it to his or her damage. To practice Fraud; to cheat or trick. To deprive a person of property or any interest, estate, or right by fraud, deceit, or artifice.

Intent to defraud means an intention to deceive another person, and to induce such other person, in reliance upon such deception, to assume, create, transfer, alter, or terminate a right, obligation, or power with reference to property.

defraud

v. to use deceit, falsehoods, or trickery to obtain money, an object, rights or anything of value belonging to another. (See: fraud)

defraud

verb befool, beguile, bilk, cheat, cheat out of money, circumscribere, commit breach of trust, cozen, deceive, defraudare, delude, deprive dishonestly, dupe, embezzle, fleece, fool, hoax, inveigle, levant, mislead, mulct, obtain money on false pretenses, peculate, practice chicanery, practice fraud upon, swindle, take advantage of, take by fraud, take in, trick
Associated concepts: conspiracy to defraud, intent to deeraud, use of mails to defraud
See also: betray, bilk, cheat, circumvent, corrupt, deceive, defalcate, delude, dupe, embezzle, ensnare, evade, fake, hoodwink, illude, inveigle, mislabel, mislead, misrepresent, overreach, palter, peculate, prevaricate, purloin

defraud

to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc., from a person by FRAUD; cheat.
References in periodicals archive ?
Vickers, 31, of Coronation Avenue, Atherton, Wigan, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud motor traders.
He is charged with conspiracy to defraud, demanding money with menaces and money-laundering.
They are also charged with conspiring to defraud the Department For Work and Pensions of benefits totalling pounds 38,916.
Fergal Lynch, 29, jockey, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire Conspiracy to defraud Betfair customers
Adam David Hauxwell-Smith (43) and his wife Leisa Hauxwell-Smith (44), of Great Tew, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, have been charged with conspiracy to defraud, corruption and witness intimidation.
Douglas Raphel, of Gotham Road, Spital, faces one charge of conspiracy to defraud and two charges of transferring criminal property.
The auditor asserted that HMC's owners and management were all involved in a scheme to defraud HMC's creditors and, therefore, no one at HMC relied on the auditor's audit reports.
Gartside was cleared of conspiracy to defraud, forgery, cheating the public revenue and two counts of perverting the course of justice.
Co-accused Nicholas Ward, 30, of Holywell Green, was sentenced to 14 months for conspiracy to defraud RBSI and conspiracy to defraud RSA.
Berry and O'Sullivan have been charged with conspiracy to defraud Betfair customers in relation to the running of Hillside Girl at Carlisle on June 15, 2003.
The jury accepted Lake's explanation that she did not intend to defraud the government of $33,656.
Forgery and counterfeiting--The altering, copying, or imitating of something without authority or right, with the intent to deceive or defraud by passing the copy or thing altered or imitated as that which is original or genuine; or the selling, buying, or possession of an altered, copied, or imitated thing with the intent to deceive or defraud.