It is a felony (punishable by no more than 5 years imprisonment, a fine of no more than $10,000.00 or three times the value of property stolen, or both) for any one to commit Retail Fraud in the 1st Degree.  Retail Fraud in the 1st Degree occurs if anyone does any of the following in a store:

  • Alters, transfers, removes, conceals or otherwise misrepresents the price of an item for sale, with the intent to not pay for the item or to pay less than it is offered for sale, if the resulting difference in price is $1,000.00 or more;
  • Steals property that is worth $1,000.00 or more;
  • Or attempts to receive a refund on property that was not paid for or purchased, if the amount attempted to be refunded is $1,000.00 or more. MCL 750.356c.

Retail Fraud in the 2nd and 3rd Degree are misdemeanor offenses that occur if the property taken is valued at less than $1,000.00. Misdemeanor retail fraud is punishable by up to 1-year imprisonment, a fine of no more than $2,000.00 or three times the value of the property stolen (whichever is greater), or both.  MCL750.356d

Neil Rockind, P.C. is a criminal defense firm located in Southfield, Michigan and is home to two (2) of Michigan’s most aggressive and respected criminal defense lawyers.  Neil Rockind has obtained acquittals and successfully defended people accused of Retail Fraud in many cases.  Neil Rockind began his career in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office as an assistant prosecutor and is nicknamed “The Rockweiler” for his aggressive and successful style.  Rockind has been named a Super Lawyer, Top Criminal Defense Lawyer, Best of Detroit by Hour Magazine, among the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan, among the Top 50 Lawyers in Michigan and among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by a national trial lawyers organization.  Colin Daniels another member of Neil Rockind P.C., has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.  If you or a loved one is charged with the crime of Retail Fruad contact 248.208.3800 or email us at to make an appointment and see how much we can help.