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English definition of “fraud”


noun     /frɔːd/
[C or U] LAW the crime of getting money by tricking or deceiving people , or a crime of this type : serious/massive fraud We only investigate when there are sufficient grounds for believing serious fraud has taken place . The US Sentencing Commission has raised penalties for corporate fraud twice .credit card/tax fraud He was charged for federal tax fraud She pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank fraud.engage in/commit/perpetrate fraud It is said that they knowingly helped corporate executives commit fraud. a fraud investigation / case / trial
[C] something that is not what it appears to be and is deliberately used to deceive people , especially to get money : What happens if the investment turns out to be a fraud?
[C] someone who deceives people , often to get money , by saying they are something they are not: She believes her lawyer was a fraud. → See also investment fraud
(Definition of fraud noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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