18 USC Sec. 470 01/05/2009
TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 25 - COUNTERFEITING AND FORGERY
Sec. 470. Counterfeit acts committed outside the United States
A person who, outside the United States, engages in the act of -
(1) making, dealing, or possessing any counterfeit obligation
or other security of the United States; or
(2) making, dealing, or possessing any plate, stone, analog,
digital, or electronic image, or other thing, or any part
thereof, used to counterfeit such obligation or security,
if such act would constitute a violation of section 471, 473, or
474 if committed within the United States, shall be punished as is
provided for the like offense within the United States.
(Added Pub. L. 103-322, title XII, Sec. 120003(a), Sept. 13, 1994,
108 Stat. 2021; amended Pub. L. 107-56, title III, Sec. 374(a),
Oct. 26, 2001, 115 Stat. 340.)
2001 - Pub. L. 107-56, Sec. 374(a)(2), in concluding provisions,
substituted "shall be punished as is provided for the like offense
within the United States" for "shall be fined under this title,
imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both".
Par. (2). Pub. L. 107-56, Sec. 374(a)(1), inserted "analog,
digital, or electronic image," after "plate, stone,".
SHORT TITLE OF 1992 AMENDMENT
Pub. L. 102-550, title XV, Sec. 1551, Oct. 28, 1992, 106 Stat.
4070, provided that: "This subtitle [subtitle E (Secs. 1551-1554)
of title XV of Pub. L. 102-550, enacting section 474A of this title
and amending sections 474 and 504 of this title] may be cited as
the 'Counterfeit Deterrence Act of 1992'."
COMBATTING INTERNATIONAL COUNTERFEITING OF UNITED STATES CURRENCY
Pub. L. 104-132, title VIII, Sec. 807, Apr. 24, 1996, 110 Stat.
1308, provided that:
"(a) In General. - The Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in
this section referred to as the 'Secretary'), in consultation with
the advanced counterfeit deterrence steering committee, shall -
"(1) study the use and holding of United States currency in
foreign countries; and
"(2) develop useful estimates of the amount of counterfeit
United States currency that circulates outside the United States
"(b) Evaluation Audit Plan. -
"(1) In general. - The Secretary shall develop an effective
international evaluation audit plan that is designed to enable
the Secretary to carry out the duties described in subsection (a)
on a regular and thorough basis.
"(2) Submission of detailed written summary. - The Secretary
shall submit a detailed written summary of the evaluation audit
plan developed pursuant to paragraph (1) to the Congress before
the end of the 6-month period beginning on the date of the
enactment of this Act [Apr. 24, 1996].
"(3) First evaluation audit under plan. - The Secretary shall
begin the first evaluation audit pursuant to the evaluation audit
plan no later than the end of the 1-year period beginning on the
date of the enactment of this Act.
"(4) Subsequent evaluation audits. - At least 1 evaluation
audit shall be performed pursuant to the evaluation audit plan
during each 3-year period beginning after the date of the
commencement of the evaluation audit referred to in paragraph
"(c) Reports. -
"(1) In general. - The Secretary shall submit a written report
to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services [now Committee
on Financial Services] of the House of Representatives and the
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate on
the results of each evaluation audit conducted pursuant to
subsection (b) within 90 days after the completion of the
"(2) Contents. - In addition to such other information as the
Secretary may determine to be appropriate, each report submitted
to the Congress pursuant to paragraph (1) shall include the
"(A) A detailed description of the evaluation audit process
and the methods used to develop estimates of the amount of
counterfeit United States currency in circulation outside the
"(B) The method used to determine the currency sample
examined in connection with the evaluation audit and a
statistical analysis of the sample examined.
"(C) A list of the regions of the world, types of financial
institutions, and other entities included.
"(D) An estimate of the total amount of United States
currency found in each region of the world.
"(E) The total amount of counterfeit United States currency
and the total quantity of each counterfeit denomination found
in each region of the world.
"(3) Classification of information. -
"(A) In general. - To the greatest extent possible, each
report submitted to the Congress under this subsection shall be
submitted in an unclassified form.
"(B) Classified and unclassified forms. - If, in the interest
of submitting a complete report under this subsection, the
Secretary determines that it is necessary to include classified
information in the report, the report shall be submitted in a
classified and an unclassified form.
"(d) Sunset Provision. - This section shall cease to be effective
as of the end of the 10-year period beginning on the date of the
enactment of this Act [Apr. 24, 1996].
"(e) Rule of Construction. - No provision of this section shall
be construed as authorizing any entity to conduct investigations of
counterfeit United States currency.
"(f) Findings. - The Congress hereby finds the following:
"(1) United States currency is being counterfeited outside the
"(2) The One Hundred Third Congress enacted, with the approval
of the President on September 13, 1994, section 470 of title 18,
United States Code, making such activity a crime under the laws
of the United States.
"(3) The expeditious posting of agents of the United States
Secret Service to overseas posts, which is necessary for the
effective enforcement of section 470 and related criminal
provisions, has been delayed.
"(4) While section 470 of title 18, United States Code,
provides for a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years as
opposed to a maximum term of 15 years for domestic
counterfeiting, the United States Sentencing Commission has
failed to provide, in its sentencing guidelines, for an
appropriate enhancement of punishment for defendants convicted of
counterfeiting United States currency outside the United States.
"(g) Timely Consideration of Requests for Concurrence in Creation
of Overseas Posts. -
"(1) In general. - The Secretary of State shall -
"(A) consider in a timely manner the request by the Secretary
of the Treasury for the placement of such number of agents of
the United States Secret Service as the Secretary of the
Treasury considers appropriate in posts in overseas embassies;
"(B) reach an agreement with the Secretary of the Treasury on
such posts as soon as possible and, in any event, not later
than December 31, 1996.
"(2) Cooperation of treasury required. - The Secretary of the
Treasury shall promptly provide any information requested by the
Secretary of State in connection with such requests.
"(3) Reports required. - The Secretary of the Treasury and the
Secretary of State shall each submit, by February 1, 1997, a
written report to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services
of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Banking,
Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate explaining the reasons
for the rejection, if any, of any proposed post and the reasons
for the failure, if any, to fill any approved post by such date.
"(h) Enhanced Penalties for International Counterfeiting of
United States Currency. - Pursuant to the authority of the United
States Sentencing Commission under section 994 of title 28, United
States Code, the Commission shall amend the sentencing guidelines
prescribed by the Commission to provide an appropriate enhancement
of the punishment for a defendant convicted under section 470 of
title 18 of such Code."
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obligations of the United States Secret Service, including the
functions of the Secretary of the Treasury relating thereto, to the
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references, see sections 381, 551(d), 552(d), and 557 of Title 6,
Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security
Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, as modified, set out as a
note under section 542 of Title 6.]