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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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Also sentenced were Claire Hayes, of Mansfield, who admitted defrauding both colleges, Carolanne Ravenscroft, of Ewloe, Wales, who was found guilty of defrauding the colleges after a trial and Kieran England, of Liverpool, who was found guilty of conspiring to defraud both colleges after a trial.
ORGANISERS: Craig Buttery, far left, and Paul Hildreth, who face charges of defrauding the Big Lottery Fund
The seven suspects [charged with defrauding DIB] remain in custody.
The ex-assistant video production manager was charged with defrauding more than EUR600,000 in cheques between 2002 and 2008.
In Thursday's decision, Judge Hayashi accused Ogata of ''playing a key role on his own initiative'' in defrauding Chongryon and of ''taking advantage of the group's earnest desire to prevent its assets from being auctioned off'' by the government.
Our weeping can also connect us to the stories of people we are defrauding, the stories of people we are making sick with our ever-expanding lifestyle.
A jury found the securities firm guilty of defrauding Ronald Perelman, a prominent investor, in the course of the sale of his controlling interest in Coleman Co.
The other day a fellow by the name of Mario Pepin was sentenced to two years less a day along with a $400.00 fine for defrauding the federal government of something north of $400,000.
During the '90s, Russian energy companies were notorious for cooking their books, defrauding their shareholders and using political connections to cover shadowy deals.
A 39-YEAR-OLD businesman pleaded guilty yesterday to defrauding the Deeside-based frozen foods company, Iceland.
They are accused of defrauding Nicholus Cheruiyot and obtaining Sh5.8 million by falsely pretending to be in a position to sell him valuable seeds knows as Tetra seeds.
figure By RICHARD MUNGUTI An international arrest warrant has been issued against a Congolese and a Ugandan being sought for defrauding two businessmen of more than Sh85 million pretending they would ship to them 568kg of gold from Nairobi to Dubai.The two, Mr Kelvin Essoa Nkoy (Congolese) and Mr Kayombya Gormon alias Timothy Mureithi (Ugandan) are being charged alongside Mr Philip Nashon Aroko, Mr Roy Shirekuli, Mr Munzala Javier Rumili, Mr Sikanda Ismail Abdallah Saleh, Mr Benson Muhanji and Mr Jared Otieno.
We are taking the project with serious concern because prior to now,there have been cases of fraudulent travel agents defrauding unsuspecting travelers to the tune of millions of Naira.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Mar 01 (ANI): In the wake of the recent bank scams that came to light, the Congress party on Thursday hit out at the Central government saying that the defrauding of banks is the culture under Prime Minister Narendra Modi government.