Nevada Law for
"Obtaining Money by False Pretenses" (NRS 205.380)
Explained by Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyers

Many good people are wrongly accused of obtaining money by false pretenses in Nevada. Charges often arise out of misunderstandings, accidents or false allegations. But a conviction carries very serious penalties including prison, fines and restitution.


The legal definition of obtaining money by false pretenses in Las Vegas, NV, is when “a person knowingly and designedly by any false pretense obtains from any other person money with the intent to cheat or defraud the other person.”

In other words, it is illegal to knowingly misrepresent yourself for the purpose of obtaining money from someone else relying on your misrepresentation. Common examples of obtaining money by false pretenses in Nevada include:

  • getting paid for a job that you do not perform
  • selling property that you do not end up giving to the buyer after payment
  • a landlord receiving rent money while keeping the premises inaccessible to the tenant

For information on the similar Nevada crime of fraudulent conveyance, see our article on the Nevada crime of fraudulent conveyance.


The punishment for obtaining money by false pretenses in Nevada depends on the amount of money that was illegally obtained. If it is less than $650, then it is a misdemeanor in Las Vegas. A misdemeanor in Las Vegas carries:

  • restitution, and
  • up to six months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines

If the money fraudulently obtained was for $650 or more, then it is a category B felony in Las Vegas. A category B felony in Las Vegas carries:

In immigration law, violating NRS 205.380 may be a crime involving moral turpitude in Nevada. Since aliens may be deported for a crime involving moral turpitude in Nevada, it is very important they retain counsel right away to try to get the charge dismissed.

Arrested? Call us for help . . .

If you are charged with obtaining money by false pretenses in Nevada, call 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673). There are several defenses our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers may use to try to get your charges thrown out or lessened to minor offenses.

Go back to our main page on Nevada fraud crimes.

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