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Jinx
07-02-2004, 08:05 AM
Well, the title basically is the question. Is it simply a fancy name for selling stolen goods for cash? ...as opposed to stealing goods for one's one personal use, I guess? Please clarify/explain... - Jinx

Mr. Blue Sky
07-02-2004, 08:13 AM
You steal something. I am your "fence". I will give you a small amount of money for the item and resell the item at a profit.

grimpixie
07-02-2004, 08:30 AM
dictionary.com gives the following two definitions:To sell (stolen goods) to a fence.

To act as a conduit for stolen goods. So I guess it is the action of selling stolen goods, regardless of whether you did the stealing.

Grim

chrisk
07-02-2004, 08:40 AM
<joke>

No, no, a fencing operation is the deal with those swords that have no edge and no point, and the guys in white suits and masks trying to tag each other with the swords.

:D

</joke>

Sorry, i couldn't resist that one.

Polycarp
07-02-2004, 10:22 AM
"Fencing" refers to the illegal business of intentionally receiving stolen goods for resale purposes. (And "intentional" includes "willful negligence" -- "I don't want to know where you got all that jewelry from" is not sufficient defense!)

Although to continue chrisk's joke, "a fencing operation" is when your surgeon comes in with an epée.... ;)

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