What Is Fraud In Oklahoma?

FraudThe general fraud statute is 15 O.S. § 58. It consists of the following acts, committed by a party to a contract, or with his or her connivance, with the intent to deceive another party to the contract, or to induce that party to enter into the contract:

  1. the suggestion, as a fact, of that which is not true, by one who does not believe it to be true;
  2. the positive assertion in a manner not warranted by the information of the person making it, of that which is not true, though he believes it to be true;
  3. the suppression of that which is true, by one having knowledge or belief of the fact;
  4. a promise made without any intention of performing it; or
  5. any other act fitted to deceive.

SOURCE: 15 O.S. § 58

Oklahoma has numerous crimes that fall under the umbrella of “fraud.” Two of the most common are Fraudulent Vehicle Lease or Rental by Bogus Check and Defrauding Hotels, Inns, Restaurants, Etc.

Fraudulent Vehicle Lease Or Rental By Bogus Check

Leasing or renting any motor vehicle with the intent to cheat and defraud while paying the fees for such lease or rental by means of a false, bogus, or worthless check violates 21 O.S. § 152. This crime is a misdemeanor if the value of the check is less than $1,000. The maximum punishment in the county jail is six months, and the maximum fine is $500. This crime is a felony if the value of the worthless check is $1,000 or more. The maximum punishment in the Department of Corrections is seven years, and the maximum fine is $500. Voters approved a change to this statute on November 8, 2017 by passing State Question 780. The change went into effect on July 1, 2017.

SOURCE: 21 O.S. § 1521

Defrauding Innkeeper, Hotel, Restaurant, etc.

Obtaining food, lodging, services, or other accommodations at any hotel, inn, restaurant, boarding house, rooming house, motel, or auto camp with intent to defraud the owner or keeper violates 21 O.S. § 1503. This crime is a misdemeanor if the value of the food, lodging, services, or other accommodations is less than $1,000. The maximum fine is $500. The maximum punishment in county jail is three months. This crime is a felony if the value of the food, lodging, services, or accommodations is $1,000 or more. The maximum punishment in the Department of Corrections is five years.

It’s a misdemeanor to obtain shelter, lodging, or any other services at any apartment house, apartment, rental unit, rental house, or trailer camp, with intent to defraud the owner or keeper thereof. The maximum fine is $100. The maximum punishment in the county jail is three months.

Prima facie proof of the intent to defraud occurs when proof that such lodging, food, services, or other accommodations were obtained by false pretense or by false or fictitious show or pretense of any baggage or other property, or giving a check on which payment was refused, or leaving the hotel, inn, restaurant, boarding house, rooming house, motel, apartment house, apartment, rental unit or rental house, trailer camp, or auto camp, without payment or offering to pay for such food, lodging, services or other accommodation, or surreptitiously removing or attempting to remove baggage, or registering under a fictitious name. This statute does not apply where there has been an agreement in writing for delay in payment. Voters approved a change to this statute on November 8, 2017 by passing State Question 780. The change went into effect on July 1, 2017.

SOURCE: 21 O.S. § 1503

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Current as of: November 20, 2017