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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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The money he defrauded was fees to be paid to barristers and solicitors.
Prosecutors have also alleged that taxpayers are being defrauded out of tens of millions of dollars by in-home care workers and recipients.
You say to Playa Vista, `You hired someone who abused and misused, who defrauded the city.
About one-third of the clients accessing self-help workshops at the center come in because they were defrauded by scam artists.
Deo defrauded Medicare by billing for medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, that was never received by the Medicare beneficiary or was not medically necessary, Mrozek said.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD - State Department of Justice agents raided two of the state's biggest gun shops Tuesday, alleging the shops defrauded gun buyers out of thousands of dollars over the last two years.
These schemes have defrauded people of ``tens of millions of dollars,'' according to a spokesman at NASAA.
As a result, defendants' scheme not only defrauded advertisers, but artificially inflated the value of Belo's stock, thus defrauding investors as well.
Sheriff's Department investigators and prosecutors maintain that Brown defrauded $258,000 from a Val Verde widow who served on the health center's board of directors, Javan said.