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by false pretenses

By a false impression created through intentional misrepresentation. I'm afraid you were brought here by false pretenses. I'm not your long-lost brother. You may not have lied directly, but you sold him those paintings by false pretenses—he thinks they're originals!
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on false pretenses

On a false impression created through intentional misrepresentation. I'm afraid you were brought here on false pretenses. I'm not your long-lost brother. You may not have lied directly, but you sold him those paintings on false pretenses—he thinks they're originals!
See also: false, on, pretense

under false pretenses

With a false impression created through intentional misrepresentation. I'm afraid you were brought here under false pretenses. I'm not your long-lost brother. You may not have lied directly, but you sold him those paintings under false pretenses—he thinks they're originals!
See also: false, pretense

by/on/under false preˈtences

(British English) (American English by/on/under false ˈpretenses) by lying about your identity, qualifications, financial or social position, etc: She was sent to prison for six months for obtaining money under false pretences.He got me there under false pretences. He told me he wanted to discuss a business deal, but when I got there, it was a surprise birthday party.
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Two students of Multimedia University were yesterday charged with attempting to obtain money from politicians by false pretences.
The defendants were to be arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretences, obtaining property by false pretences, stealing and forgery.
The EFCC alleges that defendants with intent to defraud conspired to obtain by false pretences containers of a motorcycle, spare parts and raw materials property of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) from Mitsui OSK Lines Limited, Apapa, Lagos.
Her dependence on Cllr Fahy sparked a wave of sympathy when he was convicted last year of obtaining money by false pretences from Galway County Council.
At his re-trial earlier this month, Judge Michael White withdrew two charges and convicted Cllr Fahy of one charge of obtaining the benefit of EUR7,055 from Galway Co Council by false pretences.
Magrate Mapfumo told a court in the Zimbabwe capital she paid the cash to fly the mermaids to Harare on the advice of musician Edna Chizema, who is on trial for theft by false pretences.
He had admitted procuring a 34-year-old prostitute to have sex by false pretences, and had been convicted by a jury of indecently assaulting the same girl.
A veteran member of Fianna Fail, Collins, 65, is charged with obtaining a tax clearance certificate by false pretences, contrary to Section 10 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Sean Kavanagh, 54, was working for the Bank of Ireland in Carlow when he allegedly committed more than 225 offences, including forgery, embezzlement, falsifying accounts and gaining money by false pretences.
Jeffrey Taylor, 25, of Taylor's Lane, Rathfarnham, pleaded guilty to three sample counts of obtaining money by false pretences on dates in 1994.