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by false pretenses

By or under 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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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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References in classic literature ?
What were we to do with the frail little creature we had lured back to life by false pretences? I offered my pockets, but Tony shook her head and carefully put the green insect in her hair, tying her big handkerchief down loosely over her curls.
Adebayo is charged alongside Emmanuel Okah, 39 and Bode Olaogun, 29, with four counts of charge of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretences, stealing and forgery.
DCI'S MISTAKE DCJ Mwilu moved to the High Court to challenge her criminal prosecution following a recommendation by the DPP for her to be charged with obtaining execution of a security belonging to Imperial Bank by false pretences. Mr Haji had asked the court to determine whether criminal proceedings could be initiated against a sitting judge and whether before the commencement of the prosecution, it would be constitutionally necessary to remove the judge from office.
The three suspects will be charged with attempting to obtain money by false pretences.
In Ghana, under the Criminal Offences Act, a person is guilty of defrauding by false pretences if, by means of any false pretence, he obtains the consent of another person to part with or transfer the ownership of anything.
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.
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.
Abolade, who resides in Ikeja area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining by false pretences, to which he pleaded not guilty.
They are wanted for obtaining money by false pretences from members of the public.
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.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the offence of obtaining by false pretences attracts 15 years jail term while that of stealing from one's employer attracts seven years.
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.
Adewale appeared a Yaba Chief Magistrates' Court in Lagos on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy to defraud, stealing and obtaining 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.
The statement by Orilade further put it that 'the Commission got wind of their activities following series of intelligence report, alleging that they engaged in various fraudulent activities ranging from obtaining money by false pretences through sending of scam emails to unsuspecting victims mostly in the United States of America, while others were engaged in romance scam on several dating sites.