UCR Definition 

The Florida Uniform Crime Reports program defines Fraud as an offense that falls within any of the following categories.
False Pretenses/Swindling
False Pretenses/Swindling is defined as the intentional misrepresentation of an existing fact or condition, or the use of some other deceptive scheme or device, to obtain another person’s money, goods, or other things of value.
Credit Card/ATM
Credit Card/ATM fraud is defined as the unlawful use of a credit card, debit card, or automatic teller machine with fraudulent intent.
Impersonation (Identity theft)
Impersonation (Identity Theft) fraud is defined as falsely representing one’s identity or position and acting in the character or position thus unlawfully assumed to deceive others and thereby gain a profit or advantage, enjoy some right or privilege, or subject another person or entity to an expense, charge, or liability which would not have otherwise been incurred.
Welfare fraud is defined as the use of deceitful practices or devices to unlawfully obtain welfare benefits.
Wire fraud is defined as the use of an electric/electronic communications facility to intentionally transmit a false and/or deceptive message in furtherance of a fraudulent activity.

The UCR Manual contains more information about these definitions. 

Florida Statutes

817 False Pretenses and Frauds


There were a total of 11,219 arrests for Fraud reported to the Florida UCR program. Of these arrests, 401 were juveniles and 10,818 were adults.

UCR Arrest Data  Handcuffs

Source: 2018 Arrest Totals and Index Arrests by County (PDF | Excel)

Source: Arrest Totals by Age and Sex, 2018 (PDF)
Source: 2018 Judicial Circuit Arrest Report (PDF | Excel)

To learn more about which counties are in what circuit,
please see the 
Florida Courts website.

Historical Data - Trends

Information about the differnet data sources found on our site.

Source: Total Arrests by County, 1989-2018
Computerized Criminal History Arrest by Crime Type, 200-2018 (Excel)


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