Swindler Law and Legal Definition

Swindler refers to a person who takes advantage of the weakness of other by means of deceit. Swindling is a crime committed by a person who defrauds another causing him/her to suffer damage, by means of unfaithfulness or abuse of confidence, or of false pretense or fraudulent acts.

The following are examples of a case law on swindler and the offense of swindling:

The word swindler is defined to be a sharper, a cheat, a rogue, one who defrauds grossly, or one who makes a practice of defrauding others by imposition or deliberate artifice. When a man is said to be swindled, it means tricked or outwitted. [Chase v. Whitlock, 3 Hill 139, 140 (N.Y. 1842)].

“If any executor, administrator, or guardian having charge of any estate, real, personal or mixed, shall unlawfully, and with intent to defraud any creditor, heir, legatee, ward or distributee, interested in such estate, convert the same, or any part thereof, to his own use, he shall be deemed guilty of the offense of swindling”. [Walls v. State, 45 Tex. Crim. 329, 332 (Tex. Crim. App. 1903)].