I'm writing an outline for an assignment in which I have to write a sequel to "The Cask of Amontillado." In the introduction I have:
Montresor has thieved and murdered his way to being the dictator of a small city state.
But "thieved" is not the right word. He isn't a thief, he is a treacherous calculating backstabber. I've been looking but can't find a word that means "to gain by treachery" and could replace "thieved."