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CITE

    15 USC Sec. 1644                                            01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE
    CHAPTER 41 - CONSUMER CREDIT PROTECTION
    SUBCHAPTER I - CONSUMER CREDIT COST DISCLOSURE
    Part B - Credit Transactions

HEAD

    Sec. 1644. Fraudulent use of credit cards; penalties

STATUTE

    (a) Use, attempt or conspiracy to use card in transaction affecting
      interstate or foreign commerce
      Whoever knowingly in a transaction affecting interstate or
    foreign commerce, uses or attempts or conspires to use any
    counterfeit, fictitious, altered, forged, lost, stolen, or
    fraudulently obtained credit card to obtain money, goods, services,
    or anything else of value which within any one-year period has a
    value aggregating $1,000 or more; or
    (b) Transporting, attempting or conspiring to transport card in
      interstate commerce
      Whoever, with unlawful or fraudulent intent, transports or
    attempts or conspires to transport in interstate or foreign
    commerce a counterfeit, fictitious, altered, forged, lost, stolen,
    or fraudulently obtained credit card knowing the same to be
    counterfeit, fictitious, altered, forged, lost, stolen, or
    fraudulently obtained; or
    (c) Use of interstate commerce to sell or transport card
      Whoever, with unlawful or fraudulent intent, uses any
    instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce to sell or
    transport a counterfeit, fictitious, altered, forged, lost, stolen,
    or fraudulently obtained credit card knowing the same to be
    counterfeit, fictitious, altered, forged, lost, stolen, or
    fraudulently obtained; or
    (d) Receipt, concealment, etc., of goods obtained by use of card
      Whoever knowingly receives, conceals, uses, or transports money,
    goods, services, or anything else of value (except tickets for
    interstate or foreign transportation) which (1) within any one-year
    period has a value aggregating $1,000 or more, (2) has moved in or
    is part of, or which constitutes interstate or foreign commerce,
    and (3) has been obtained with a counterfeit, fictitious, altered,
    forged, lost, stolen, or fraudulently obtained credit card; or
    (e) Receipt, concealment, etc., of tickets for interstate or
      foreign transportation obtained by use of card
      Whoever knowingly receives, conceals, uses, sells, or transports
    in interstate or foreign commerce one or more tickets for
    interstate or foreign transportation, which (1) within any one-year
    period have a value aggregating $500 or more, and (2) have been
    purchased or obtained with one or more counterfeit, fictitious,
    altered, forged, lost, stolen, or fraudulently obtained credit
    cards; or
    (f) Furnishing of money, etc., through use of card
      Whoever in a transaction affecting interstate or foreign commerce
    furnishes money, property, services, or anything else of value,
    which within any one-year period has a value aggregating $1,000 or
    more, through the use of any counterfeit, fictitious, altered,
    forged, lost, stolen, or fraudulently obtained credit card knowing
    the same to be counterfeit, fictitious, altered, forged, lost,
    stolen, or fraudulently obtained -
    shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than
    ten years, or both.

SOURCE

    (Pub. L. 90-321, title I, Sec. 134, as added Pub. L. 91-508, title
    V, Sec. 502(a), Oct. 26, 1970, 84 Stat. 1127; amended Pub. L. 93-
    495, title IV, Sec. 414, Oct. 28, 1974, 88 Stat. 1520.)

AMENDMENTS

      1974 - Pub. L. 93-495 generally reorganized provisions by
    designating former unlettered paragraph cls. (a) to (f), and as so
    designated, expanded prohibitions relating to fraudulent use of
    credit cards, decreased amount required for fraudulent use from a
    retail value aggregating $5,000, or more, to enumerated amounts for
    particular activities, and increased the punishment from a sentence
    of not more than five years to a sentence of not more than ten
    years.
                     EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1974 AMENDMENT
      Amendment by Pub. L. 93-495 effective Oct. 28, 1974, see section
    416 of Pub. L. 93-495, set out as an Effective Date note under
    section 1665a of this title.
                              EFFECTIVE DATE
      Section 503(3) of Pub. L. 91-508 provided that: "Section 134 of
    such Act [this section] applies to offenses committed on or after
    such date of enactment [Oct. 26, 1970]."
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