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2.3-6  Intent to Defraud

Revised to December 1, 2007

A person acts with the intent to defraud when (he/she) deceives or tricks another person with the intent to deprive that person of (his/her) right, or in some manner to do (him/her) an injury. 

The word "defraud" means to practice fraud, to cheat or trick, to deprive a person of property or any interest or right by fraud, deceit or artifice. 

The meaning of "fraud," both in its legal usage and its common usage, is the same: a deliberately planned purpose and intent to cheat or deceive or unlawfully deprive someone of some advantage, benefit or property.  "Fraudulently" means done, made or effected with a purpose or design to carry out a fraud. 


See State v. DeCaro, 252 Conn. 229, 242 n.12 (2000) ("defraud" requires the intent to cause injury); State v. Yurch, 37 Conn. App. 72, 80-81, appeal dismissed, 235 Conn. 469 (1995) (distinguishing an intent to defraud from an intent to deceive).


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