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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?
See also: defraud, of, out
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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.
See also: defraud, of, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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| Mohammed Hadi, 34, of Uamvar Street, London, was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and acquiring criminal property.
Rasool, 33, of Clay Lane, Rochdale, was sentenced to seven-and-ahalf years in prison for two counts of conspiracy to defraud. Det Con Shaun Nicholls, of GMP's fraud investigation team, said: "As technology becomes increasingly advanced, people think they can hide online.
He is alleged to have defrauded the victim out of close to PS100,000 by claiming he needed work doing to his roof.
Nicola Rees, 48, from Bargoed, guilty of conspiracy to defraud, was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.
Prosecutors say the scheme involving the Morristown-based Louis Berger Group defrauded the U.S.
The prison sentences are the result of a three-year investigation by Warwickshire Police and NHS Protect which revealed that the gang tried to defraud PS1.8million from companies - PS478,000 of which was attempted fraud against the NHS - by invoicing them for adverts in fake publications.
Earlier he stressed to the jury they must consider the case against each defendant separately, explaining: "Just as it is a criminal offence to defraud someone, if two or more people agree to commit fraud the agreement is a conspiracy.
Michael Dolan and McElvaney, both 19, are charged with conspiring to defraud a 90-year-old woman from Hutton Rudby, who has dementia, in June last year.
However, to O'Steen's knowledge, Washington did not defraud First City as alleged in U.S.
TWO people have been charged with conspiring to defraud benefit agencies of more than pounds 74,000 over a 15 year period.
The charges in Florida are: a scheme to defraud $300 or more; an organized scheme to defraud; uttering a forgery and title fraud; organized scheme to defraud and racketeering violation; and organized scheme to defraud and unlicensed use, issuance of a temporary tag.
It also upheld the acquittal of a British businessman of the charge of aiding and abetting the defendants to defraud the bank.
On May 29, 2009, Michael Fisher pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States by impeding the Internal Revenue Service, four counts of aiding in the filing of false federal tax returns for FSG and four counts of filing false individual tax returns.
Judge Hayashi said Ogata and Mitsui were in conspiracy to defraud Chongryon, but brushed aside the prosecution's argument that the defendants had intended to make profits through the resale of Chongryon's headquarters.
Angela Dunn, 51, and her daughter, Leanne Dunn, 20, both of Fincham Road, Dovecot, took part in a plot to defraud Littlewoods out of sports goods and laptops valued at pounds 9,580 between March 2004 and June 2005 by having the goods sent to addresses obtained from public records, Liverpool crown court heard.