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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 912                                             01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 43 - FALSE PERSONATION

HEAD

    Sec. 912. Officer or employee of the United States

STATUTE

      Whoever falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee
    acting under the authority of the United States or any department,
    agency or officer thereof, and acts as such, or in such pretended
    character demands or obtains any money, paper, document, or thing
    of value, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more
    than three years, or both.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 742; Pub. L. 103-322, title
    XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

      Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Secs. 76 and 123 (Mar. 4,
    1909, ch. 321, Secs. 32 and 66, 35 Stat. 1095, 1100; Feb. 28, 1938,
    ch. 37, 52 Stat. 82).
      Section consolidates sections 76 and 123 of title 18, U.S.C.,
    1940 ed. The effect of this consolidation was to increase the
    punishment for revenue officers from $500 to $1,000 and from 2
    years to 3 years, and to rephrase in the alternative the mandatory
    punishment provision.
      This section now applies the same punishment to all officers and
    agents of the United States found guilty of false personation.
      Words "agency or" were inserted to eliminate any possible
    ambiguity as to scope of section. (See definitive section 6 of this
    title.) Other words referring to "authority of any corporation
    owned or controlled by the United States" were omitted for the same
    reason. (See Pierce v. U.S., 1941, 62 S. Ct. 237, 314 U.S. 306, 86
    L. Ed. 226.)
      The words "with the intent to defraud the United States or any
    person", contained in said section 76 of title 18, U.S.C., 1940
    ed., were omitted as meaningless in view of United States v.
    Lapowich, 63 S. Ct. 914.
      Changes were made in phraseology.
                                AMENDMENTS
      1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for
    "fined not more than $1,000".
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