what jessica is trying to say is that, for it to be considered fraud - as you suggested - , the intent has to result in financial or personal gain.
since the OP's intent is not to take advantage of his dad's "new contract" - never mind that his dad is well, a family member - fraud seems a little far stretched.
so you have put words in her mouth when you stated: "in any way, shape or form". You were talking about fraud, remember?
(I wasn't the one stating it in the beginning, and Jessica said something in the lines of that the person mentioning fraud didn't know the meaning of the word. But these posts have been removed/edited.)
In that case the laws are different in different countries, as in the UK false representation is fraud. To be able to tie his father to a contract without him knowing about it, either he'd commit fraud by false representation or a person working for the carrier would commit fraud by abuse of position.
The personal gain-bit is not required, it's either making a gain for themselves or (the risk of) a loss for someone else that counts. "I though he would be happy" would probably not cut it as an excuse.
So what crime would be committed in the states if you tie someone to a contract without their consent, since it's not fraud?