False Pretences Defined and Explained
False representations and statements, made with a fraudulent design, to obtain " money, goods, wares, and merchandise " with intent to cheat.2 min read
False representations and statements, made with a fraudulent design, to obtain " money, goods, wares, and merchandise " with intent to cheat.
The Nature Of The False Pretence.
When the false pretence is such as to impose upon a person of ordinary caution, it will doubtless be sufficient. But although it may be difficult to restrain false pretences to such as an ordinarily prudent man may avoid, yet it is not every absurd or irrational pretence which will be sufficient. It is not necessary that all the pretences should be false, if one of them is sufficient to constitute the offence. And although other circumstances may have induced the credit or the delivery of the property, yet it will be sufficient if the false pretences had such an influence that, without them, the credit would not have been given or the property delivered. The false pretences must have been used before the contract was completed.