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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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on false pretenses

By or under 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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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that section 287 prescribes three years jail term for stealing while section 314 attracts 15 years for obtaining goods under false pretences.
The suspect is also charged with obtaining assorted goods worth Sh9.1 million from Mombasa Polythene Bags Ltd by false pretences and issuing bad cheques.
The Larnaca Criminal Court found Empedocles guilty of theft, obtaining money under false pretences and money laundering in relation after taking in September 2015, e1/435,000 from businessman Theodosis Chrysostomou to sort out building code infractions in his premises in the area of Mackenzie in Larnaca, without, however, taking any action.
He is also accused of making a false declaration for the purpose of securing a passport while on the fourth count he allegedly obtained a driver's licence through false pretences.
Chase claim Mr Drumm ran up a huge credit card bill under false pretences and false representations.
Quite simply, that is not fair and they won the competition under false pretences.
He told peers: "If, like Lord Laid-law, you give cast iron undertakings to the House of Lords Appointments Commission that you will immediately become resident for tax purpose in this country in order to get a peerage and then flagrantly dishonour them you have simply obtained a peerage under false pretences.
DAVID CAMPESE has waded into Welsh rugby again, this time accusing Steve Hansen's men of 'taking money under false pretences'.
AUSSIE legend David Campese, today claimed that Welsh players had been taking their pay packets "under false pretences" and that they had no chance of beating the Italians tomorrow.
FORMER Australian rugby great David Campese has written off Wales' chances of beating Italy tomorrow - and claimed Welsh players had been taking their pay packets 'under false pretences'.
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.
They are wanted for obtaining money by false pretences from members of the public.
Police are looking for the whereabouts of a 31-year-old man from Russia who allegedly, along with his 72-year-old mother, tried to cheat his stepsister out of their deceased father's inheritance under false pretences.
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.
The Black & Ambers' owner accused his players ``taking money under false pretences'' in the wake of the club's shocking 42-5 Heineken Cup defeat at London Irish last Sunday.