What exactly is fraud? Can a person be a fraud? How does the law define fraud? Why do some people always seemingly get away with fraud and being a fraud?
Not being an attorney, fraud seems to end up in the legal system when Party A steals from Party B through indirect channels. Yet doesn’t fraud include selling drugs and being on government aid? Doesn’t it include calling 911 numerous times, sometimes in one day? Doesn’t fraud include lying to people, bilking people out of money?
What does fraud really include?
People in my area joke fraud seems to be in the drinking water, especially when it comes to local politicians. I’ve heard stories of manilla envelopes being passed around, leaders shutting down venues suddenly when someone waves a few million dollars in their face, or did some of that end up in their pockets?
Are we all frauds?
I had a teacher in grammar school who always talked about “taking off our masks”. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized we wear different masks with different people and different situations. Some people hide behind their mask very well and some don’t.
Even Shakespeare is suspected of being a fraud, the whole thing. Yes, a man from Stratford, England was named Shakespeare but people have made the argument that he was a scapegoat. The real author, the person who created so much of our literature canon today, has remained anonymous and created a mask. Was this person a fraud as well?
Where will one encounter fraud today?