Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Defraud'
v : deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my
inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted
her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little
change" [syn: victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick,
nobble, diddle, bunco, scam, mulct, gyp, con]
- Defraud \De*fraud"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defrauded; p. pr. &
vb. n. Defrauding.] [L. defraudare; de- + fraudare to
cheat, fr. fraus, fraudis, fraud: cf. OF. defrauder. See
To deprive of some right, interest, or property, by a
deceitful device; to withhold from wrongfully; to injure by
embezzlement; to cheat; to overreach; as, to defraud a
servant, or a creditor, or the state; -- with of before the
thing taken or withheld.
We have defrauded no man. --2 Cor. vii.
Churches seem injured and defrauded of their rights.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Defraud'
According to the Collins English Dictionary 10th Edition fraud can be defined as: "deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage". In the broadest sense, a fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual; the related adjective is fraudulent. The specific legal definition varies by legal jurisdiction. Fraud is a crime, and also a civil law violation. Defrauding people or entities of money or valuables is a common purpose of fraud, but there have also been fraudulent "discoveries", e.g. in science, to gain prestige rather than immediate monetary gain.
A hoax also involves deception, but without the intention of gain, or of damaging or depriving the victim; the intention is often humorous.[See more about Defraud at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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- Deltona man accused in major defraud scheme
A Volusia County man was arrested Thursday on charges of an organized scheme to defraud. The investigation into 57-year-old Michael Soto started four months ago after the elderly owners of a foreclosed home went to authorities. The couple said they were struggling to make ends meet and Soto tricked them into signing over the deed to their home. Soto then allegedly Read more on this news related to 'Defraud'
- Retired Colonel Accused Of Conspiring To Defraud Air Force
He was a colonel with sway over the entire 171st Air Wing. Federal prosecutors say Col. Gerard Mangis used it to enrich himself, allegedly conspiring with a co-defendant to defraud the Air Force of more than $200,000. Read more on this news related to 'Defraud'
- Jackson woman pleads guilty to conspiring to defraud the US
Harris will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate on May 15. She faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Read more on this news related to 'Defraud'