false pretense

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false′ pretense′

an illegal, deliberate misrepresentation of facts, as to obtain title to money or property.
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Noun1.false pretense - (law) an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation
infraction, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, violation, infringement - a crime less serious than a felony
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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"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.
"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.
He added that Brown failed to appear in the concert not because of any false pretense on his part but due to reasons beyond their control.
Milton was indicted on seven felony counts of insurance fraud, one felony count of theft by false pretense and one count of falsifying business records.
Judge Aphrodite Konduros, writing for a unanimous court in an April 17 opinion, agreed, ruling that the false pretense charge should have been tossed out, and the prosecutor's comments were inappropriate enough to require a mistrial.
THE Uniwide Group has filed estafa charges against its two former top finance officers, three former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) receivers, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) and former officials of the bank for allegedly conspiring to defraud Uniwide and its owners P2.78 billion worth of assets through false pretense and fraudulent acts.