cheat, cozen, defraud, swindle mean to get something by dishonesty or deception. cheat suggests using trickery that escapes observation.
cheated me out of a dollarcozen implies artful persuading or flattering to attain a thing or a purpose.
always able to cozen her grandfather out of a few dollars defraud stresses depriving one of his or her rights and usually connotes deliberate perversion of the truth.
defrauded of her inheritance by an unscrupulous lawyerswindle implies large-scale cheating by misrepresentation or abuse of confidence.
swindled of their savings by con artists
Examples of defraud in a Sentence
They were accused of trying to defraud the public.
They conspired to defraud the government.
She was convicted of writing bad checks with intent to defraud.
Recent Examples on the WebShalash attempted to defraud eight victims in five states out of a total of $3.48 million and successfully defrauding five victims in four states out of a total of $1.77 million, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.
Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 1 Dec. 2021 But the family had no idea that, just before Shane McConkey’s death, Glenn’s attorney, Calvin Curtis, had apparently started scheming to defraud Glenn out of millions of dollars, according to the Department of Justice.
Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Nov. 2021 Alongside the romance scam, MgBodile ran multiple business email compromise (BEC) scams that attempted to defraud companies out of more than $1 million, Erskine said.
Henri Hollis, ajc, 19 Nov. 2021 Manus, a volunteer for Bradley’s campaign, was accused of conspiring with the lawmaker and Martinez between March and October 2018 to defraud the Connecticut State Election Enforcement Commission, Citizens’ Election Fund and state of Connecticut.
Stephen Singer, courant.com, 20 Oct. 2021 The two are accused of devising a scheme in December 2017 to defraud the state by having a company bill the Office of AIDS for their personal expenses, including sporting events, concerts, restaurants and travel.
Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021 The pandemic inspired new twists to the stories that scammers typically use to defraud their victims.
Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 Boeing was charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the FAA.
Doug Cameron, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2021 Staveley and Butziger were the first people in the nation to be charged with trying to defraud the CARES Act SBA Paycheck Protection Program.
Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2021
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