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  • The willful and deliberate misrepresentation of fact made for the personal profit of the money, property, services, advantage, or legal right of another person. Also called “theft by deception,” fraud may be actual (direct) or constructive (abuse of a trusting relationship). Prosecution of fraud occurs in both civil and criminal courts and usually results in the awarding of damages for the loss or cancellation of a fraudulent contract. Fraud may involve the use of forged checks, fictitious identities, the postal service (mail fraud), or electronic devices (Internet or wire fraud) with the intent to deceive.

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