Theft is the action of taking another person’s property without that person’s permission or consent. Theft crimes include:
- Embezzlement occurs when a person illegally takes property or assets (usually money) that have been entrusted to his or her care. Embezzlement is a type of white collar crime.
- Forgery is a broad category of crimes involving the falsification of information.
- Fraud is a crime that includes any act where one person intends to deceive another through false representation of some fact, and the other person experiences injury or damages as a result of the lie or concealment, after relying on the information presented. Fraud includes securities fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, credit/debit card fraud, identity theft, bankruptcy fraud, telemarketing fraud and social security fraud.
- Purchasing or Receiving Stolen Property that you know to be obtained through theft is a crime.
- Theft is committed when one person takes another person’s property without consent. Shoplifting is a form of theft that involves intentionally taking merchandise from a store without permission and paying for items.