FALSE PRETENSESfalse pretenses. The crime of knowingly obtaining title to another’s personal property by misrepresenting a fact with the intent to defraud. ? Although unknown to English common law, false pretenses became a misdemeanor under a statute old enough to make it common law in the United States. Modern American statutes make it either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on how valuable the property is. ¡ª Also termed obtaining property by false pretenses; fraudulent pretenses. Cf. larceny by trick under LARCENY; EMBEZZLEMENT. [Cases: False Pretenses 1.]
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