SECTION 1: Chapter 266, Section 30 as appearing in the Official 2016 edition of the General Laws is amended by adding subsection (6), as follows:
(6) Whoever, without consent of the owner, obtains possession or control over the property of another, sixty years of age or older, or of a person with a disability as defined in section thirteen K of chapter two hundred and sixty-five, if the value of such property exceeds one thousand dollars, shall be guilty of unlawful possession of property, and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or in the house of correction for not more than two and one-half years, or by a fine of not more than twenty-five thousand dollars or by both such fine and imprisonment; if the property is an interest in real estate, whoever is guilty of unlawful possession of property shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than ten years or in the house of correction for not more than two and one-half years, or by a fine of not more than fifty thousand dollars or by both such fine and imprisonment, and shall restore or forfeit such interest in real estate to the owner. The court may order, regardless of the value of the property, restitution to be paid to the victim commensurate with the value of the property. If there is a caretaker as defined in section thirteen K of chapter two hundred and sixty-five for the person who is the owner, the consent of the owner shall not be deemed voluntary and lawful to convey the property unless witnessed in writing by the caretaker. A caretaker may not witness the consent of the owner if the caretaker intends to receive or does receive any interest in the property conveyed or any other benefit as witness.
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