scheme n1 : a combination of elements (as statutes or regulations) that are connected, adjusted, and integrated by design
: a systematic plan or program [an administrative inspection ]
2 : a crafty, unethical, or fraudulent project [a to defraud investors]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.