TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 25 - COUNTERFEITING AND FORGERY
Sec. 513. Securities of the States and private entities
(a) Whoever makes, utters or possesses a counterfeited security
of a State or a political subdivision thereof or of an
organization, or whoever makes, utters or possesses a forged
security of a State or political subdivision thereof or of an
organization, with intent to deceive another person, organization,
or government shall be fined under this title (!1) or imprisoned
for not more than ten years, or both.
(b) Whoever makes, receives, possesses, sells or otherwise
transfers an implement designed for or particularly suited for
making a counterfeit or forged security with the intent that it be
so used shall be punished by a fine under this title or by
imprisonment for not more than ten years, or both.
(c) For purposes of this section -
(1) the term "counterfeited" means a document that purports to
be genuine but is not, because it has been falsely made or
manufactured in its entirety;
(2) the term "forged" means a document that purports to be
genuine but is not because it has been falsely altered,
completed, signed, or endorsed, or contains a false addition
thereto or insertion therein, or is a combination of parts of two
or more genuine documents;
(3) the term "security" means -
(A) a note, stock certificate, treasury stock certificate,
bond, treasury bond, debenture, certificate of deposit,
interest coupon, bill, check, draft, warrant, debit instrument
as defined in section 916(c) of the Electronic Fund Transfer
Act, money order, traveler's check, letter of credit, warehouse
receipt, negotiable bill of lading, evidence of indebtedness,
certificate of interest in or participation in any profit-
sharing agreement, collateral-trust certificate, pre-
reorganization certificate of subscription, transferable
share, investment contract, voting trust certificate, or
certificate of interest in tangible or intangible property;
(B) an instrument evidencing ownership of goods, wares, or
(C) any other written instrument commonly known as a
(D) a certificate of interest in, certificate of
participation in, certificate for, receipt for, or warrant or
option or other right to subscribe to or purchase, any of the
(E) a blank form of any of the foregoing;
(4) the term "organization" means a legal entity, other than a
government, established or organized for any purpose, and
includes a corporation, company, association, firm, partnership,
joint stock company, foundation, institution, society, union, or
any other association of persons which operates in or the
activities of which affect interstate or foreign commerce; and
(5) the term "State" includes a State of the United States, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and
any other territory or possession of the United States.
(Added Pub. L. 98-473, title II, Sec. 1105(a), Oct. 12, 1984, 98
Stat. 2144, Sec. 511; renumbered Sec. 513, Pub. L. 99-646, Sec.
31(a), Nov. 10, 1986, 100 Stat. 3598; amended Pub. L. 101-647,
title XXXV, Sec. 3515, Nov. 29, 1990, 104 Stat. 4923; Pub. L. 103-
322, title XXXIII, Secs. 330008(1), 330016(2)(C), Sept. 13, 1994,
108 Stat. 2142, 2148.)
REFERENCES IN TEXT
Section 916(c) of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, referred to
in par. (3)(A), is classified to section 1693n(c) of Title 15,
Commerce and Trade.
1994 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(2)(C), which
directed the amendment of this section by substituting "under this
title" for "of not more than $250,000", was executed by making the
substitution for "not more than $250,000", to reflect the probable
intent of Congress.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(2)(C), substituted
"fine under this title" for "fine of not more than $250,000".
Subsec. (c)(4). Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330008(1), substituted
"association of persons" for "association or persons".
1990 - Subsec. (c)(3)(A). Pub. L. 101-647 struck out "(15 U.S.C.
1693(c))" after "Electronic Fund Transfer Act" and inserted comma
after "profit-sharing agreement".
(!1) See 1994 Amendment note below.
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