Theft & Fraud

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Welfare Fraud

Definition of Welfare Fraud In Florida, “welfare fraud” is a generic term to describe a broad range of fraudulent conduct aimed at illegally receiving, retaining, misappropriating, seeking, or using state and federal public assistance, services, or benefits. As outlined in Section 414.39, Florida Statutes, welfare fraud can take a variety of forms, each with its…

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Unlicensed Practice of Healthcare Profession

Definition of Unlicensed Practice The crime of Unlicensed Practice of a Healthcare Profession is defined under Section 456.065(2)(d), Florida Statutes. Under the law, it is a felony offense for a person “to practice, attempt to practice, or offer to practice a health care profession without an active, valid Florida license [issued by the Department of…

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Dealing in Stolen Property

Definition of Dealing in Stolen Property The definition of Dealing in Stolen Property is contained in Section 812.019, Florida Statutes. Under the law, the offense occurs where a person sells, transfers, distributes, or otherwise disposes of stolen knowing or having reason to know that the property is in fact stolen. To prove the crime of Dealing…

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Worthless Check

Definition of Worthless Check Under Section 832.05(2)(a), Florida Statutes, it is a criminal offense for any person, firm, or corporation to obtain any services, goods, or other things of value by means of a check, draft, or other written order knowing at the time of the issuance of such check that there are insufficient funds on deposit…

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Employee Theft

Definition of Employee Theft In Florida, crimes constituting “employee theft” are defined in Section 812.014, Florida Statutes. As applied in Section 812.014, theft by an employee occurs where: The employee knowingly and unlawfully takes or attempts to take the property of an employer; and The employee does so with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive…

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Giving False Information / Verification to a Pawnbroker

Definition of False Information / Verification The definition of Giving False Information to a Pawnbroker (also known as False Verification) is outlined in Section 539.001(8)(b)(8), of the Florida Pawnbroking Act. Stated simply, Giving False Information or Verification occurs where a defendant knowingly and falsely verifies that he or she is the rightful owner of property…

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Stopping Payment on a Check

Definition of Stopping Payment on a Check Under Section 832.041, Florida Statutes, stopping payment on a check, draft, or other written payment order can be charged as a criminal offense if the check was issued and payment was stopped with the intent to defraud the other party to the transaction. To prove the crime of…

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Contracting Without a License

Definition of Unlicensed Contracting Under Florida law, the offense of “Contracting Without a License” can encompass a broad range of conduct related to the construction and home improvement industries. Section 489.127, Florida Statutes, provides as follows: (1) No person shall: (a) Falsely hold himself or herself or a business organization out as a licensee, certificateholder,…

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Petit Theft

Definition of Petit Theft The definition of misdemeanor petit theft can encompass any scenario where person steals or endeavors to steal property from a person or business when the value of the property is less than $300. The theft does not have to occur in a store. To prove the crime of Petit Theft at…

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Grand Theft

Definition of Grand Theft The crime of Grand Theft is defined in Section 812.014, Florida Statutes. Under the law, Grand Theft occurs where: The defendant knowingly and unlawfully obtained or used or endeavored to obtain or use the property of another, The defendant did so with the intent to temporarily or permanently (a) deprive the…

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