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Retail Fraud Definition

The crime of retail fraud or shoplifting involves an allegation of attempted theft or theft from a store open to the public for business at the time of the offense. Retail Fraud can be either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the item’s value and the accused’s prior criminal history. A first offense carries a maximum sentence of 93 days. A felony conviction is punishable by up to five (5) years in prison.


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