The definition of fraud in criminal cases varies depending on the different jurisdictions, but most cases involve deceiving someone else to gain money or property. This fraud can result from lying on official documents, creating fake documents, or making false promises for one’s own gain. The consequences for fraud are different than forms of theft, such as robbery, but the amount stolen greatly affects any punishment for the crime.

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What Constitutes Criminal Fraud?

Fraud occurs when an individual lies or conceals information for personal gain. Some instances of criminal fraud include:

  • Credit card fraud, which occurs when you use a debit or credit card that you know is not valid. Fraud also includes possessing a card that does not belong to you and intending to use it without the owner’s permission, regardless of whether you actually used it.

  • Credit fraud includes lying about your credit information in an official document, such as a loan or credit card application. This occurs if you misrepresent your income or ability to pay, but also if you use an incorrect name or Social Security number.

  • Identity theft is acquiring or using someone else’s identification information with the intent to defraud. This includes names, social security numbers, and dates of birth.

Punishments for criminal fraud vary depending on the type of fraud committed. Though some cases of fraud are misdemeanors that do not result in jail time, the law classifies some fraud cases as felonies. Those convicted of serious fraud may be subject to pay exorbitant fines and serve prison sentences.