Access Device Fraud

Access Device Fraud

Louisiana Revised Statute 14:70.4

A. No person shall without authorization and with the intent to defraud transfer an access device to another person.

B. No person shall without authorization and with the intent to defraud possess an access device issued to another person.

C. No person shall with the intent to defraud use, possess, or transfer device-making equipment or a counterfeit access device.

D. As used herein:

            (1) “Access device” means a person’s social security number, driver’s license number, birth date, mother’s maiden name, checking account numbers, savings account numbers, personal identification numbers, electronic identification numbers, digital signatures, or other means of account access that can be used to obtain anything of value, whether contemporaneously or not.

            (2) “Counterfeit access device” means an access device that is fictitious, altered, or forged.

            (3) “Device-making equipment” means any instrumentality, mechanism, or impression designed or primarily used for making an access device or counterfeit access device.

            (4) “Transfer” means sell, give, provide, or transmit.

E.(1) A person who commits the crime of access device fraud when the misappropriation or taking amounts to a value of twenty-five thousand dollars or more shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than twenty years, or fined not more than fifty thousand dollars, or both.

            (2) When the misappropriation or taking amounts to a value of five thousand dollars or more, but less than a value of twenty-five thousand dollars, the offender shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than ten years, or fined not more than ten thousand dollars, or both.

            (3) When the misappropriation or taking amounts to a value of one thousand dollars or more, but less than a value of five thousand dollars, the offender shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or may be fined not more than three thousand dollars, or both.

            (4) When the misappropriation or taking amounts to a value of less than one thousand dollars, the offender shall be imprisoned for not more than six months or fined not more than five hundred dollars, or both.

            (5) Upon a third or subsequent conviction of theft, the offender shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than two years, or may be fined not more than two thousand dollars, or both.

F. In addition to any other penalty imposed under this Section, the court shall order restitution as a part of the sentence. Restitution may include payment for any cost incurred by the victim, including attorney fees, costs associated in clearing the credit history or credit ratings of the victim, or costs incurred in connection with any civil or administrative proceedings to satisfy any debt, lien, or other obligation of the victim arising as a result of the actions of the defendant.

G. When there has been a misappropriation or taking by a number of distinct acts of the offender, the aggregate amount of the misappropriation or taking shall determine the grade of the offense. For purposes of this Subsection, distinctive acts of the offender do not have to involve the same victim.

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