Questions tagged [theft]

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Do Donald Trump's actions constitute embezzlement?

This question is inspired by this other question. In that question, it was written that: Donald Trump moved more than $200,000 donated to his Make America Great Again PAC into his own private ...
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What is the difference between theft by deception or theft of services and fraud?

Also, is fraud actually a crime by itself, or is it an element in another crime (theft by deception, tax evasion, etc.)?
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How is the value of an item in a bundle determined in cases of theft?

Suppose someone steals a part of a sellable object (e.g. stealing a wheel from a car dealer) or one item in a bundle (e.g. taking half of a bag of donuts)? Or suppose the value of the item cannot be ...
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For what crime can you get jailed if a criminal leases you a stolen art piece? [duplicate]

What crime can you get jailed for if a criminal leases you a stolen art piece? Let's say you loan an art piece for 1 day, and then you call the authorities because you know it was stolen, can you ...
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Potentially accidental refund - can one keep it?

If a person pays a debt due to a company, and gets a receipt showing the debt has been fully satisfied, but then that company (potentially in error) refunds the full amount without any communication ...
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What kind of “theft by…” is it when someone refuses to return deposit?

I made a deposit payment to a moving broker but never signed the agreement. They are refusing to return my deposit. "Theft by unlawful taking" doesn't apply because I willingly gave them ...
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What happens if someone steals an apple juice from a supermarket?

I would like to know what is the risk if someone gets caught stealing a cheap item worth $1, such as an apple juice from a supermarket.
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Why is stealing from an employer a criminal act when stealing from an employee is a civil act?

Here is the full question with all the context and details: In the majority of cases in the U.S. about theft at a workplace, why is the matter usually tried in a criminal court when the employer is ...
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What are the criminal penalties in Portugal for theft under 500.00?

Does anyone know what the prison sentence is for theft in Portugal? Is it based on the value of the items?
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Developing similar apps, games, etc. on Google Play Store or App Store

I am planning to develop similar apps, games, etc., which may free or non-free, on Google Play Store or App Store and to earn money with methods such as ads, sale on same stores, etc. To be clearer I'...
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Breaking/entering/theft charges

What would be all possible charges that could be filed in this scenario: A person breaks a window, enters the house through the window, takes $1000 worth of computer equipment, and leaves through a ...
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Cybercrime use of cryptocurrency and stolen goods laws

I've been wondering if this line of reasoning has been tried anywhere in the world, successfully or unsuccessfully. It seems improbable that I'm the first to think of it ... A cryptocurrency is a bit ...
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What law applies in the case of a theft at a Border Patrol checkpoint? Who can make an arrest?

Travelers A and B are waiting in line at a border patrol checkpoint, when traveler B attempts to steal something of traveler A's. Can a Border Patrol officer intervene, or would they have to summon a ...
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Growing hot chilis in private but accessible garden

I own a few acres of land in a community garden were I plan to grow some of the hottest chilis in the world. The community garden is clearly marked as private property and fenced in. However the gates ...
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Who is liable if somebody takes a check written to them before the funds are in place to cover it?

This is hypothetical. Suppose I write out a rent check to my landlord, but I don't give it to him. Instead, I leave it on my desk because I still have to deposit funds to cover the check. Unbeknownst ...
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10-day Demand Letters in Texas

Some Texas districts/counties publish a 10-day demand letter that can be used when trying to retrieve property from a person, such as Cleburne, Dallas and Houston. Some of these letters reference ...
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Criminal? Vehicle stolen by family member

If a policeman refuses to record or investigate a crime, such as a vehicle theft by a family member where the case could be borderline criminal or civil. What can one do to give the police department ...
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When is taking property left on the public street curb a crime?

In which of the following scenarios has a crime been committed by Jane? John puts a chair on the street curb at his house. Jane drives by, sees the chair, and loads it in her car and drives away. ...
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Hypothetical: If a thief gives the stolen money away [duplicate]

If a thief gives all the stolen money to their friend/family/charitable organization/etc. who has no idea that the money is stolen, and he gets caught, can the money be taken back? I know that if the ...
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Does a private citizen in the US have the right to make a “Contact the Police” poster?

Imagine the following hypothetical situation. Assume the location is in the United States. Mary had a credit card stolen by a suspect. The suspect used the credit card at a store. The manager of the ...
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Is failing to report a bank error in and of itself a crime?

(Related to discussion at https://money.stackexchange.com/questions/133263/how-should-i-handle-money-returned-for-a-product-that-i-did-not-return/133270 ) Suppose a customer receives a deposit into ...
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Can my parents, who owned my home, enter it while I'm at work and move me out without any warning?

I was renting a home from my parents when my husband got arrested and went to jail. I had no eviction notice. I am in Tulare County, in the city of Visalia, in California. I was unable to pay my rent ...
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Can owner of stolen goods found for sale subpoena seller to disclose the source?

Someone steals Bob's bike in 2010. In 2020 Bob finds it for sale. It's too late to prosecute for theft, so the police wouldn't bother. Of course Bob doesn't know if the seller was the thief. The bike ...
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Defence to defamation where the alleged crime has expired

In 2010, Rob stole a bicycle from Bob. Bob did not know whodoneit. In 2020, Bob finds out that it was Rob. Bob obtains evidence sufficient to prove that beyond reasonable doubt. However, the time to ...
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Is exploiting a malfunctioning self-service checkout theft?

Hypothetically, if a self-service checkout at my local Tesco were to be malfunctioning and selling items for half-price, and if someone were to exploit this to buy cheap goods, would this be ...
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What is a store detective allowed to do?

A couple of days ago I came into contact with a store detective after a quite expensive shopping trip. The shoplifting gate-thingy went off (there's more to it but no need to drag it out) and when I ...
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How can these two people be proven innocent until proven guilty? [closed]

I lost some money and USB cable in my bag. On this particular day I asked for a usb cable from a female workmate who was still on her assignment and I was as well on an asignment in a different ...
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Stealing my pet back?

I was dating this guy for about a month. Within that,He convinced me to let my bird stay with him and he, my dad, and I all agreed that I would get her back if we broke up. Texted him last night and ...
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is it illegal to throw away someone's license/ID?

Subject is arrested while at work, unrelated to work, and not in civilian/street clothes which has ID. Held for a few months, employer throws away property, incl. ID. In order to throw it away, it had ...
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Found 200$, neighbor claims it's his but sounds suspicious

I recently found two 100$ bills on the grass in the space between my house and the neighbor's house. I asked my neighbor (who isn't a very trustworthy person) if it was his, and his response makes me ...
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If a family member has taken a possession of mine for a long period of time, is that theft?

I live at home with my aunty and about four months ago she has taken my property up to my nan's (without my permission) who lives across the state. Is it illegal for her to keep my possessions without ...
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In Florida, if you are caught with stolen property. But didn't steal the property, can you be charged?

Lets say you are walking around your neighborhood and you find a golf cart in the middle of the road with the keys in it. You get curious to see if you can find something with the owners info on it ...
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does false statement statute really reach this far?

The Federal statute against false statements at 18 U.S.C. 1001 seems to ban almost any lie that gets reported to the executive or judicial branch (the legislative branch is treated more narrowly). ...
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Is it legal to take “bait bricks”?

Bait bricks are pallets of bricks (allegedly) left near protest areas in an effort to encourage violence. I've seen people joke about just taking the bricks. If somebody saw a pallet of what they ...
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Is it theft if you take money (with out permission) but return it the next day?

I used this ladies credit card to buy a $1 pregnancy test (without permission) while I was doing her shopping but I returned the money. Now she is claiming it is theft. I was wanting to know if it is ...
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Can withdrawal of funds from bank account by a relative be a basis for criminal case?

A friend of mine is in need of desperate guidance. She lives in UAE and is of Indian origin. Her husband died of cancer three years ago and had 401k with Fidelity. Suspecting his year-long battle with ...
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What are my rights when I am robbed during a police search of my vehicle

I was stopped by an officer for running a stop sign after showing all required documentation I was told to step out of vehicle. I was placed in handcuffs and told drugs were found in my car which I ...
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“Stealing” merchandise from somebody’s shopping cart before checkout

Somewhat inspired by current events: Suppose in a supermarket, Alice puts the last thirty packages of toilet paper into her shopping cart. Bob then takes one of those packages from her cart without ...
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Taking back my stuff from my Ex [closed]

Long story short, My ex stopped answering my calls and seemed to have blocked me. I had to move out two weeks ago but hadn't retrieved all of my belongings. When we lived together, I had some of my ...
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Is it illegal to steal someone's illegal drugs?

If I break into someone's house to steal their drugs is it burglary? Or is it ok? Or would it depend on the judge?
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The mailman put I signed for a package I never received

I was waiting on a package (Louis Vuitton Purse) I ordered 2 weeks prior. I receive the notification that the package was scheduled for delivery today between 12pm & 3pm. Than I received another ...
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Is something considered stolen if it possibly could have been lost?

I had lived in a rental house where the landlord had the notion he could "immediately evict someone" if he felt like it. I installed a security camera. I have a video of the landlord and a couple ...
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If I gave someone a ride to a store and they end up stealing from that store, can I be held criminally liable for the theft?

I recently gave someone (Bob) a ride in my vehicle to a local supermarket. I remained in the vehicle, and Bob went inside. Bob stole something from the supermarket, and loss prevention attempted to ...
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Is it legal to wheel lock someone's vehicle if they have something that belongs to you?

I hired someone to refinish a piece of furniture. He took the piece, sent pictures of the progress as he worked on it. I communicated to him several times as to the status and he has not responded ...
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When Does A Vehicle in Repossession Status Become GTA?

My question is when does a vehicle in repossession status become Grand Theft Auto? I'm an IT professional living in Oregon where I work for a gov't agency. Around January 2019, my co-worker, "Joe" ...
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Could I go to jail for using someone else's credit card?

So I'm 13(thirteen) and I was on amazon and I looked up random card numbers not expecting it to work and to be used as a prank on my friends. It turns out, the number I was given was active and had ...
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How much authority do teachers get from *In Loco Parentis*?

I am concerned entirely with the issue as it relates to property. Let's say at Madeup Prep the cell phone policy allows for phones to be in pockets, but not out in class. Some teachers, however, ...
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How long are schools allowed to confiscate items from students?

According to this question and the corresponding answer, schools are legally allowed to confiscate items from students. This is not considered theft, as the intent is not to permanently take the item ...
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Question about copyright, plagiarism and attribution

If I'm going to describe the origin of the word "dinosaur" and I say that the taxon Dinosauria was formally named in 1841 by paleontologist Sir Richard Owen, and that the foregoing description is ...
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Hired Contractor (Plumber's) employee stole wedding ring

Owner of company/Plumber we used before so hired again, this time difference was owner brought a helper. Helper asked to use our bathroom. (Wedding/engagement Rings came up missing but left other ...