TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 83 - POSTAL SERVICE
Sec. 1704. Keys or locks stolen or reproduced
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
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten
years, or both.
(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.
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
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