• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Defraudation The act of defrauding; a taking by fraud.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When he resigned in 1923 because of illegal behavior in the Teapot Dome Affair, Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was offered an appointment to the Supreme Court by President Harding. In 1931, Fall was tried and found guilty of conspiracy to defraud.
    • n defraudation The act of defrauding, or the state of being defrauded.
    • n defraudation In Spanish law, the offense of fraudulently avoiding payment of a public tax.
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. defraudatio,: cf. F. défraudation,


In literature:

You are a defrauder and a cheat; you are nothing but a landsman, a plough-tail sugar-planter!
"Kate Bonnet" by Frank R. Stockton
If he succeeded in ill-using and defrauding his Satanic Majesty, there is no record of the fact.
"Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts" by Frank Richard Stockton
Not in the quality alone, but in the quantity of his goods as well, is the English working-man defrauded.
"The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 with a Preface written in 1892" by Frederick Engels
When it came to Valetta Joe's turn, he stoutly denied the charge of defrauding and ill-using the lad.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
M. de Valois, although strongly attached to this girl, did not allow her to defraud him.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
I am engaged in defrauding the government of a sister republic.
"The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales" by Francis A. Durivage
Sansevero had been, in his opinion, a man who would sooner starve than defraud the government.
"The Title Market" by Emily Post
If I had not been the one, then it would have been some other woman defrauded.
"Gordon Craig" by Randall Parrish
Captain Gillam reckoned short when he furnished young Ben to defraud the Company.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Slake the senses now, that soul hereafter Go not forth a starved defrauded thing.
"Behind the Arras" by Bliss Carman
He had to deal with crowds, and to keep a sharp eye to see that no one defrauded the railway company by travelling without paying the fare.
"A Popular Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Welbeck is pursued by many persons whom he has defrauded of large sums.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Now, can any man doubt that the custom of defrauding the customs has endured more than a hundred years?
"Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844" by Various
Of course, we all have to take their jokes upon our defrauding them of a fine dinner.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
He was defrauding the Government, and, through the Government, the taxpayer.
"Major Vigoureux" by A. T. Quiller-Couch
They have established a Naval Office, with a view to defraud the customs.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson
The next objection is, that the indictment states a purpose to defraud, without naming the persons who were to be defrauded.
"The Trial of Charles Random de Berenger, Sir Thomas Cochrane," by William Brodie Gurney
They saw I was no spirit, and they believed that I had been trying to deceive and defraud them.
"John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein" by Frank R. Stockton
It's humiliating how greedy people become when they are defrauded of a meal!
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
Galloway felt vaguely defrauded.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett

In poetry:

Trust me, my dear, however odd
It may appear to say,
I sought it merely to defraud
Thy spoiler of his prey.
"Apology To Delia : For Desiring A Lock Of Her Hair" by William Cowper
His lips abhor to talk profane,
To slander or defraud;
His ready tongue declares to men
What he has learned of God.
"Psalm 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
And he his neighbour doth defraud,
Of right that he should have;
That may his guilty conscience wound,
Ere he go to his grave.
"The False Swearer" by Susannah Hawkins
"Thus was I bosom'd in the peaceful grave;
My placid ghost no longer wept its doom;
When savage robbers every sanction brave,
And with outrageous guilt defraud the tomb!
"Elegy XXII. Written in the Year ----, When the Rights of Sepulture Were So Frequently Violated" by William Shenstone
Columbus! not so shall thy boundless domain
Defraud thy brave sons of their right;
Streams, midlands, and shorelands elude us in vain.
We shall drag their dark regions to light.
"On The Discoveries Of Captain Lewis (January 14, 1807)" by Joel Barlow
O Life! how soon of every bliss forlorn!
We start false joys, and urge the devious race;
A tender prey; that cheers our youthful morn,
Then sinks untimely, and defrauds the chase.
"Elegy XI. He Complains How Soon the Pleasing Novelty of Life Is Over" by William Shenstone

In news:

They face charges including conspiracy to defraud the tribe, diversion of tribal revenues and income tax fraud.
A Western New York man has been charged in what authorities call a multi-billion dollar scheme to defraud Facebook Inc and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg.
Rick Scott, the Medicare defrauder who, somehow, became governor of a state full of old people.
Securities regulators charged a New Jersey-based consultant on Tuesday with defrauding investors in the.
So a giant Swiss bank defrauds American taxpayers.
Center defrauded teens by saying "being gay is a mental disorder," lawsuit says.
A 53-year-old city woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with defrauding the state's subsidized health insurance program.
Local Man Defrauded The State.
Not only are there far too many victimized public investors but the industry frequently resorts to dilatory conduct and unfair practices when responding to the legitimate complaints of defrauded customers .
You'd think that after Demetrio Perez Jr pleaded guilty in 2002 to defrauding a trio of frail elderly tenants in his low-income Little Havana apartments, Miami- Dade politicians would steer clear of the felonious former school board member.
SAN JOSE, California — A former Carmel real estate developer has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for defrauding investors out of millions of dollars in a failed luxury home development and golf course.
A former Carmel real estate developer has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for defrauding investors out of millions of dollars in a failed luxury home development and golf course.
SAN JOSE, Calif.—A former Carmel real estate developer has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for defrauding investors out of millions of dollars in a failed luxury home development and golf course.
Corona police are looking for a man who has defrauded banks in Corona and surrounding cities.
High-frequency trading firm accuses rival of defrauding customers.