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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 1704                                            01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 83 - POSTAL SERVICE

HEAD

    Sec. 1704. Keys or locks stolen or reproduced

STATUTE

      Whoever steals, purloins, embezzles, or obtains by false pretense
    any key suited to any lock adopted by the Post Office Department or
    the Postal Service and in use on any of the mails or bags thereof,
    or any key to any lock box, lock drawer, or other authorized
    receptacle for the deposit or delivery of mail matter; or
      Whoever knowingly and unlawfully makes, forges, or counterfeits
    any such key, or possesses any such mail lock or key with the
    intent unlawfully or improperly to use, sell, or otherwise dispose
    of the same, or to cause the same to be unlawfully or improperly
    used, sold, or otherwise disposed of; or
      Whoever, being engaged as a contractor or otherwise in the
    manufacture of any such mail lock or key, delivers any finished or
    unfinished lock or the interior part thereof, or key, used or
    designed for use by the department, to any person not duly
    authorized under the hand of the Postmaster General and the seal of
    the Post Office Department or the Postal Service, to receive the
    same, unless the person receiving it is the contractor for
    furnishing the same or engaged in the manufacture thereof in the
    manner authorized by the contract, or the agent of such
    manufacturer -
      Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten
    years, or both.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 778; Pub. L. 91-375, Sec.
    6(j)(17), Aug. 12, 1970, 84 Stat. 778; Pub. L. 103-322, title
    XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(G), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

      Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 314 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch.
    321, Sec. 191, 35 Stat. 1125).
      Reference to persons aiding, causing or assisting was omitted.
    Such persons are principals under section 2 of this title.
      Mandatory punishment provision was rephrased in the alternative.
      Minor changes were made in phraseology.
                                AMENDMENTS
      1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for
    "fined not more than $500" in last par.
      1970 - Pub. L. 91-375 inserted "or the Postal Service" after
    "Post Office Department" in first and third pars.
                     EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1970 AMENDMENT
      Amendment by Pub. L. 91-375 effective within 1 year after Aug.
    12, 1970, on date established therefor by Board of Governors of
    United States Postal Service and published by it in Federal
    Register, see section 15(a) of Pub. L. 91-375, set out as an
    Effective Date note preceding section 101 of Title 39, Postal
    Service.
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