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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1587        FILED ON: 1/12/2009

HOUSE  .   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1454

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr., George N. Peterson, Jr.

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to preventing pretexting in the Commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Elizabeth Poirier

14th Bristol

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Bradford R. Hill

4th Essex

Richard J. Ross

9th Norfolk

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Robert S. Hargraves

1st Middlesex


[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1521 OF 2007-2008.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand and Nine

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An Act relative to preventing pretexting in the Commonwealth.


 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 37E of chapter 266 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking subsections (d) and (e) and inserting in place thereof the following : --

(d) Whoever, with intent to defraud, provides false or misleading identification to a person for the purpose of gaining access to any personal identifying information of that person, shall be guilty of identity fraud and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than two and one-half years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(e) Whoever, with intent to defraud, uses any personal identifying information of another person outside the scope of its original authorized use for the purpose of gaining access to any record of the actions taken, communications made or received, or other activities or transactions of that person, shall be guilty of identity fraud and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than two and one-half years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(f) A person found guilty of violating any provisions of this section shall, in addition to any other punishment, be ordered to make restitution for financial loss sustained by a victim as a result of such violation. Financial loss may include any costs incurred by such victim in correcting the credit history of such victim or any costs incurred in connection with any civil or administrative proceeding to satisfy any debt or other obligation of such victim, including lost wages and attorney’s fees.

(g) A law enforcement officer may arrest without warrant any person he has probable cause to believe has committed the offense of identity fraud as defined in this section.

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