Theft by Deception is defined by Minn. Stat. Ann § 609.52 Subd. 2(4), as swindling, whether by artifice, trick, device, or any other means whereby a person obtains property or services from another person. Punishment depends on the value of the property or services that were allegedly defrauded.
Potential consequences if convicted of Theft by Deception:
- Cases involving an amount greater than $35,000, the punishment is 20 years in jail or a fine of not more than $100,000.
- Cases where the amount swindled is more than $5,000 but less than $35,000, the punishment is 10 years in jail and/or a fine of $20,000.
- Cases where the value of the property or services scammed from $1,000 to $5,000 is discretionary and it is possible to receive up to five years in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000.
If charged with theft by deception, it is very important to consult with an experienced criminal lawyer. There may be mitigating circumstances that need to be explored and ultimately assists in the reduction of punishment.