fraudulent

adjective
fraud·​u·​lent | \ˈfrȯ-jə-lənt \

Definition of fraudulent 

: characterized by, based on, or done by fraud : deceitful fraudulent use of a credit card fraudulent claims for unemployment compensationWall Street Journal

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fraudulently adverb
fraudulentness noun

Examples of fraudulent in a Sentence

Corrupt leaders were chosen in a fraudulent election. fraudulent use of a credit card the victim of a fraudulent scheme
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Craig Francis, 45, a Winsted resident who also goes by the name Horus Durjaya Beyfilled, filed a fraudulent federal income tax return in 2008, the office said in a news release. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Former Hartford Police Officer Sentenced On Tax Fraud Charges," 6 July 2018 Yet pressures against the press have redoubled under Maduro — Chávez’s successor — who critics say staged a fraudulent election this year to secure another six-year term. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "As it slides toward authoritarianism, Venezuela targets one of its last independent newspapers," 6 July 2018 Chavez-Pina admitted to getting such documents from Mexican citizens, applying for ITINs in their names and then filing fraudulent tax returns. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man in U.S. illegally stole $1 million from taxpayers. Now he's going to prison for 39 months.," 29 May 2018 Unlike Venezuela, whose president, Nicolás Maduro, has just won a fraudulent election, Colombia is a solid democracy with relatively strong institutions. The Economist, "The faulty front-runners for Colombia’s presidency," 24 May 2018 President Trump took steps Monday to punish Venezuela for what his administration called a fraudulent presidential election Sunday in the once-oil-rich country now devastated by economic and social crises. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Trump hits Venezuela over criticized presidential election," 21 May 2018 Mason lost her right to vote after she was convicted of filing fraudulent tax returns in 2011. Michael Harriot, The Root, "White Judge Sentenced to Probation for Election Fraud in Same County Where Black Woman Received 5 Years," 23 Apr. 2018 The quartet filed fraudulent tax returns in the name of the company's clients. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Four Ohioans arrested on Tax Day, charged with defrauding IRS of $15 million," 17 Apr. 2018 The criminals get their hands on returns from previous years, then use that information to file new fraudulent returns on unsuspecting victims. Anna Werner, CBS News, "New tax scam targeting preparers tricks clients with fraudulent returns," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fraudulent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for fraudulent

fraudulent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fraudulent

: done to trick someone for the purpose of getting something valuable

fraudulent

adjective
fraud·​u·​lent | \ˈfrȯ-jə-lənt \

Kids Definition of fraudulent

: based on or done by deceit a fraudulent claim

Other Words from fraudulent

fraudulently adverb

fraudulent

adjective
fraud·​u·​lent

Legal Definition of fraudulent 

: characterized by, based on, or done by fraud — compare deceptive, false, misleading

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