false pretenses

noun
1.
a deliberate misrepresentation of facts, as to obtain title to money or property.
2.
the use of such misrepresentation.

Origin:
1750–60

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Except that proceed from false pretenses, or state your position dishonestly.
The false pretenses charge was dismissed by the state following a hung jury.
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