false pretenses


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false pretenses

pl.n. Law
Criminal misrepresentation made with the intent of defrauding a person of something of value.
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"In the third place, I have good reason to believe that you entered Miss Ladd's school as a teacher, under false pretenses. After that discovery, I tell you plainly I hesitate to attach credit to any statement that you may wish to make.
I leave you to decide whether the woman who has shown you that letter--having something important to say to you--is a person who is mean enough to say it under false pretenses."
Still the same melancholy false pretenses! still the same useless and cruel delay!
With the matron's arrival the foredoomed end of the flimsy false pretenses and the cruel delays had come.
I never sought you under false pretenses. I never asked you for your friendship.
Was it possible that I could convince him that I was merely the victim of my own absentmindedness, and not an unprincipled creature trying to obtain a ride upon false pretenses? How I wished that Alec or Alonzo were there.
"You may charge me with murder--or want of sense--(We are all of us weak at times): But the slightest approach to a false pretense Was never among my crimes!
I have only now discovered that he obtained these recommendations from his friends under a false pretense, which it is needless to trouble you by mentioning in detail.
A roofing contractor who failed to replace a customer's roof after promising to do so wasn't guilty of obtaining property by false pretenses, and the prosecutor in the case was out of line when he told a jury that a grand jury had indicted the man, the S.C.
Accurate Collision Inc., owned by Haddad and located in Worcester, Mass., was indicted on eight counts of motor vehicle insurance fraud and seven counts of larceny by false pretenses over $1,200.
Wendy George, 39, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, one count of felony accessing a computer to perpetrate a fraud and one count of Medicaid fraud before the court.