Obtaining Money Through False Pretenses

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Crimes Involving Fraud

To constitute obtaining money by false pretenses the accused must:

  • make a false representation of a past event or existing fact; and
  • That when the false representation was made the accused had an intent to defraud; and
  • That because of the false representation, the accused obtained either money, property, gift certificate, etc. from the alleged victim.

PUNISHMENT: Obtain money by false pretenses is punished identically as larceny. Representation by criminal defense attorney is always recommended.

If any person obtain, by any false pretense or token, from any person, with intent to defraud, money, a gift certificate or other property that may be the subject of larceny, he shall be deemed guilty of larceny thereof; or if he obtain, by any false pretense or token, with such intent, the signature of any person to a writing, the false making whereof would be forgery, he shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.

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