Question by  Michelle27 (103)

What is considered to be 3rd degree retail fraud?

A friend of mine was convicted of 3rd degree retail fraud and I have no idea what it is.


Answer by  elb (1105)

Retail fraud refers to theft from a retail store while it is open for business (i.e., not a break-in like burglary). It can involve taking merchandise, switching the tags on merchandise, or trying to get an undeserved refund. The "degree" refers to merchandise value (usually


Answer by  Jessie124 (1885)

It's stealing less than $200 dollars worth of merchandise from a store. It's a misdemeanor. Jail time is possible but not likely.


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Well, that basically means that your friend has stolen less than 200 dollars in store merchandise. Basically, he has received the notice of fraud but he is not likely to go to jail because he did not steal a considerable amount. As you increase the dollar amount, the degree recognition increases.


Answer by  NickSharpisaBitch (103)

I looked it up and the site I found says that third degree retail fraud is under 200 dollars stolen. As the amount goes up, the degree goes towards first.


Answer by  gordon (304)

Stealing merchandise valued under $200 while the store is open to the public. Shoplifting might fall under this category. Usually a misdemeanor with a fine.

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