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bilk (one) out of (something)

To obtain something from one by dishonest means and for personal gain. I think this workers' comp claim is bogus—he's just trying to bilk us out of money.
See also: bilk, of, out
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bilk someone out of something

to get something away from someone by deception. The crooks bilked the old lady out of a fortune. I was bilked out of my life's savings!
See also: bilk, of, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Whirlpool bilked thousands of vulnerable consumers out of millions of dollars," Methvin said.
A 1988 Miami Herald newspaper article had portrayed a John Guggenheim (his actual name) as a skillful, fast-talking, flamboyant con man who reportedly had bolted from that city with $600,000 borrowed and bilked from artists and arts organizations.
That Inman didn't stoop to requesting a lighter sentence for his buddy James Guerin seems to be a bonus in Nelan's eyes--enough to absolve the journalist from asking other questions, such as: what was Bobby Ray Inman doing hanging around with Guerin, who both violated the arms embargo against South Africa and bilked the U.S.
Allen Stanford pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that he bilked investors out of $7 billion.
She and a colleague had bilked Gandhi's office of at least $40 million in phony tax refunds that Gandhi had failed to notice, although auditors had pointed out that there were, to put it gently, an unusually high amount of refunds being paid by the office.
Internet and phone criminals have bilked millions of dollars from taxpayers across the nation in the past several years, said Bill Steiner, an Oregon spokesman with the Internal Revenue Service.
But some in-the-know report that well-known names are playing the roles of bilker and bilked investors.
To Witeck and many other gay men and lesbians, the gay-friendly policies appear to be the only ethical aspect of a corporation that bilked investors out of billions and wiped out its employees' pension fund.
Armed only with his gift of gab and a set of inflated financials, Monus bilked money from investors, bought eight stores within a year and began the mini-empire that grew to 300 stores.
Securities and Exchange Commission of operating a pyramid scheme that bilked about 1,000 investors out of more than $314 million.
Jordan Eckerling once operated a cellular phone distributorship throughout the Midwest but bilked the federal government out of more than $800,000 in corporate and personal income taxes between 2008 and 2012.