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§ 4121. Possession and use of unlawful devices

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 18 Pa.C.S.A. Crimes and OffensesEffective: August 27, 2018

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 18 Pa.C.S.A. Crimes and Offenses (Refs & Annos)
Part II. Definition of Specific Offenses (Refs & Annos)
Article C. Offenses Against Property
Chapter 41. Forgery and Fraudulent Practices (Refs & Annos)
Effective: August 27, 2018
18 Pa.C.S.A. § 4121
§ 4121. Possession and use of unlawful devices
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits an offense if:
(1) The person, with the intent to defraud another person:
(i) uses a device to access, read, obtain, memorize or store, temporarily or permanently, information encoded on the computer chip, magnetic strip or stripe or other storage mechanism of a payment card or possesses a device capable of doing so; or
(ii) places information encoded on the computer chip, magnetic strip or stripe or other storage mechanism of a payment card onto the computer chip, magnetic strip or stripe or other storage mechanism of a different card or possesses a device capable of doing so.
(2) The person knowingly possesses, sells or delivers a device which is designed to read and store in the device's internal memory information encoded on a computer chip, magnetic strip or stripe or other storage mechanism of a payment card other than for the purpose of processing the information to facilitate a financial transaction.
(b) Grading.--
(1) A first offense under subsection (a) constitutes a felony of the third degree.
(2) A second or subsequent offense under subsection (a) constitutes a felony of the second degree.
(c) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Payment card.” A credit card, a charge card, a debit card or another card which is issued to an authorized card user to purchase or obtain goods, services, money or another thing of value.

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2018, June 28, P.L. 425, No. 60, § 1, effective in 60 days [Aug. 27, 2018].
18 Pa.C.S.A. § 4121, PA ST 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 4121
Current through 2021 Regular Session Act 90. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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