I imagine most land surveyors don’t give the idea of committing fraud a second thought in their everyday practice. I know this because in my discussions with land surveyors over a 30-plus year career, and in traveling across the country and meeting surveyors at various conferences and other venues, I have yet to come across a surveyor who gave me the impression that they wanted to mislead their clients in any way. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of these surveyors seem to pride themselves in trying to do the right thing, even though as we know, the road to you-know-where is paved with good intentions.
This does not preclude the idea or even the fact that some land surveyors have intentionally misled clients and committed what most land surveyors understand to be fraud—intentionally misrepresentation or concealment. Unfortunately, intentionally misleading someone to their ultimate detriment is not the complete definition of fraud. Have you ever heard the term “unintended consequences”? Fraud can and does fall under this category of human actions and interactions as well.