Obtaining property by false pretenses constitutes a larceny crime in the state of Connecticut. If you face this charge, you can get the information that you need to defend yourself here.
Obtaining Property by False Pretenses
Obtaining property by false pretenses is a form of larceny, as I’ve stated above. Larceny is defined as the theft of personal property by the state of Connecticut. Connecticut statutes also outline what obtaining property by false pretenses is.
Obtaining property by false pretenses happens when they obtain property from another person by false token, pretense, or device. As with most fraud crimes, to face conviction of this crime, the state must prove some things. It must be proven that you intended to defraud someone by obtaining there property. If the state cannot prove this, you likely won’t get convicted of this crime. Or, you might receive minimal penalties.
One common example of this crime happens if you obtain health insurance by intentionally lying about your medical history or conditions. For example, if you fill out a questionnaire and claim that you are a nonsmoker when you know that the coverage would have been denied if you admit that you do smoke, you would be committing obtaining property by false pretenses from a health insurance company. If, on the other hand, you absentmindedly or accidentally indicate that you are a nonsmoker on the questionnaire even if you are a smoker, you might be able to argue that you did not purposefully try to deceive the health insurance company.
Determining if your situation fits the crime of obtaining property by false pretenses can be difficult. To help you do this, it can be helpful to contact a criminal defense attorney. The lawyers at Ruane Attorneys have worked with larceny and obtaining property by false pretenses cases before. We can review your situation with you and help you figure out the best way to move forward. You can contact our office at 203-925-9200.