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defraud (someone) out of (something)

To obtain something from someone by trickery or deception. I can't believe you lied to all of these people and defrauded them out of their hard-earned money! How could he defraud that sweet old lady out of her diamond necklace?
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defraud someone out of something

to cheat someone out of something. The crooked contractor defrauded the town out of a fortune. The clerk defrauded the employer out of a great deal of money.
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39) When the federal government first declared war on "health care fraud," the government's position was that all defrauders were going to be criminally prosecuted, a stance similar to the government's campaign against defendants involved in the savings and loan banking crisis during the 1980's.
When you consider that there have been two recent cases of people who have quite eagerly defrauded the benefits agencies out of tens of thousands of pounds, along with the continued mucking out of theMPs' expenses, you can clearly see that the Government is clearly more intent on clamping down on those overpaid by a couple of payments rather than taking on the serial and the full-time defrauders.
The combined effort of seventeen knowledgeable, experienced, and expert authors and editors, "Cyber Fraud" describes the cyber criminal culture, along with such tactics and strategies employed by cyber defrauders including phishing and pharming, trojans and toolkits, direct threats, pump-and-dump scams, and more.
Since roughly the 1980s, many countries, including the United States, Australia, Great Britain, Spain, and Italy, have developed immigration policies, discourse, and enforcement strategies characterized "by a reversal of the image of migrants and asylum seekers in public space"; migrants and refugees who were welcomed into the labor force after World War II are now "demonized as criminals, economic and social defrauders, terrorists, drug traffickers, and so forth" (Ceyhan and Tsoukala, 2002: 22).
Benford's law is used by several countries and states (for example, California and New York) to identify tax defrauders.
Since negotiations cause significant transaction cost and the expected sanction for defrauders in reality is not very high (see Derrig and Zicko, 2002), it is questionable whether insurers can collect the penalty or not.
The lean years after the dot-com collapse left the investing public with a hankering for visible, swift revenge on its defrauders, real and alleged.
Strong sanctions are appropriate for defrauders, but it must be ensured that those sanctions are imposed on bad actors only, Honest businesspeople and professionals need to be protected against threats intended solely to generate larger settlements and attorneys' fees, Investors are the intended beneficiaries of the deterrence produced by securities fraud class actions, but they bear the costs when class actions get out of control in the form of higher insurance premiums for directors' and officers' insurance, as well as higher fees that accountants, lawyers, and investment bankers will charge if they face unjustified litigation risk.
The federal government is glacially moving toward reform, according to Angelica Rendon, the director of Mexico's Coalition Against Fraud, and this slow "step-by-step" process has encouraged these defrauders to set up shop in Mexico and laugh at the lack of consequences for their thievery.
82) The law recognizes a variety of ways to legally acquire resources in a property system, including exchange, gift, accession, confusion, and first possession, but robbers, thieves, and defrauders do not own what they acquire and cannot take the resources of others without suffering the likelihood of criminal and civil consequences intended to protect lawfully recognized owners.
Securities and Exchange Commission papers show that an entity half-owned by Coors, the brother of Adolph Coors chief executive Peter Coors and great-grandson of the brewery's founder, Adolph, handed $40 million to alleged defrauders to invest in relatively safe bank instruments.
In both cases, migrants, who were welcomed after World War II as a useful labor force, are now presented in political discourses as criminals, troublemakers, economic and social defrauders, terrorists, drug traffickers, unassimilable persons, and so forth.
Leading companies in the sector have set up a database to pool information so that serial defrauders can be refused cover.
Not only are we talking about real dollars that wouldn't be collected were it not for the law, but it also deters would-be defrauders.