Larceny by Trick

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

Larceny by Trick is a type of theft crime that involves obtaining possession of another person’s property through deceit or fraudulent means.

In this type of larceny, the perpetrator tricks the victim into giving them the property rather than taking it by force or stealth.

The basic elements of Larceny by Trick include:

      1. Deceit or fraudulent representation: The perpetrator uses deceit or fraudulent means to gain the victim’s trust and obtain possession of their property.
      2. Intent to steal: The perpetrator has the intention to permanently deprive the victim of their property.
      3. Transfer of possession: The victim willingly gives the perpetrator possession of the property based on the false representation or deceitful act.

Examples of Larceny by Trick include a person pretending to be a bank representative and tricking a victim into giving them access to their bank account or someone posing as a charity collector and tricking a victim into giving them money.

The severity of Larceny by Trick can vary depending on the value of the property stolen and other circumstances surrounding the crime.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2023


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