1998 Regular Session
To: Judiciary B
By: Representatives Reynolds, Dedeaux, Franks, Smith (27th)
House Bill 1099
(As Passed the House)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 97-19-85, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE CRIME OF FRAUDULENT USE OF IDENTITY; TO REVISE PENALTIES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 97-19-85, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
97-19-85. (1) Any person who shall make or cause to be made any false statement or representation as to his or another person's identity, Social Security account number, credit card number, debit card number or other identifying information for the purpose of fraudulently obtaining or with the intent to obtain goods, services or any thing of value, shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction thereof for a first offense shall be fined not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) or imprisoned for a term not to exceed five (5) years, or both. For a second or subsequent offense such person, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) or imprisoned for a term not to exceed ten (10) years, or both. In addition to the fines and imprisonment provided in this section, a person convicted under this section shall be ordered to pay restitution as provided in Section 99-37-1 et seq.
(2) A person is guilty of fraud under subsection (1) who:
(a) Shall furnish false information wilfully, knowingly and with intent to deceive anyone as to his true identity or the true identity of another person;
(b) Wilfully, knowingly, and with intent to deceive, uses a Social Security account number to establish and maintain business or other records; or
(c) With intent to deceive, falsely represents a number to be the Social Security account number assigned to him or another person, when in fact the number is not the Social Security account number assigned to him or such other person; or
(d) Knowingly alters a Social Security card, buys or sells a Social Security card or counterfeit or altered Social Security card, counterfeits a Social Security card, or possesses a Social Security card or counterfeit Social Security card with intent to sell or alter it.
(3) For purposes of restitution, it shall be a rebuttable presumption that a victim of a violation of this section suffered at least Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) in damages.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.