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Retail Fraud comes into play when a person in a store that is open either takes property offered for sale or alters the price displayed with an intention on paying less for the item. The statute is divided into three degrees:

Shoplifting in Michigan is called “Retail Fraud.” M CL 750.356

  • Retail Fraud 1st Degree:
  • (1) A person who does any of the following in a store or in its immediate vicinity is guilty of retail fraud in the first degree, a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00 or 3 times the value of the difference in price, property stolen, or money or property obtained or attempted to be obtained, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine:
  • (a) While a store is open to the public, alters, transfers, removes and replaces, conceals, or otherwise misrepresents the price at which property is offered for sale,with the intent not to pay for the property or to pay less than the price at which the property is offered for sale, if the resulting difference in price is $1,000.00 or more.

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