theft of services

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Definition - What does theft of services mean?

Theft of Services is a criminal offence whereby the perpetrator unlawfully receives a service for which payment is due without the consent of the service provider. The offence is often committed for the purposes of evading payment to the service provider, however, it also applies where the perpetrator would ordinarily be denied access to the service.

SureHire explains theft of services

Theft of Services often occurs where services that are obtained and paid for by another person are redirected to the perpetrator without financial restitution. Physical force or deception may be used to obtain the service. A charge of Theft of Services is treated as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the severity of the crime based on the financial implications. The charge may carry the penalty of a fine or prison term, depending on the severity.

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