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                                CHAPTER 41
                     FORGERY AND FRAUDULENT PRACTICES

     Sec.
     4101.  Forgery.
     4102.  Simulating objects of antiquity, rarity, etc.
     4103.  Fraudulent destruction, removal or concealment of
            recordable instruments.
     4104.  Tampering with records or identification.
     4105.  Bad checks.
     4106.  Access device fraud.
     4106.1. Unlawful device-making equipment.
     4107.  Deceptive or fraudulent business practices.
     4107.1. Deception relating to kosher food products.
     4107.2. Deception relating to certification of minority
            business enterprise or women's business enterprise.
     4108.  Commercial bribery and breach of duty to act
            disinterestedly.
     4109.  Rigging publicly exhibited contest.
     4110.  Defrauding secured creditors.
     4111.  Fraud in insolvency.
     4112.  Receiving deposits in a failing financial institution.
     4113.  Misapplication of entrusted property and property of
            government or financial institutions.
     4114.  Securing execution of documents by deception.
     4115.  Falsely impersonating persons privately employed.
     4116.  Copying; recording devices.
     4116.1. Unlawful operation of recording device in motion
            picture theater.
     4117.  Insurance fraud.
     4118.  Washing vehicle titles.
     4119.  Trademark counterfeiting.
     4120.  Identity theft.

        Enactment.  Chapter 41 was added December 6, 1972, P.L.1482,
     No.334, effective in six months.
        Cross References.  Chapter 41 is referred to in section 3575
     of Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure).
     § 4101.  Forgery.
        (a)  Offense defined.--A person is guilty of forgery if, with
     intent to defraud or injure anyone, or with knowledge that he is
     facilitating a fraud or injury to be perpetrated by anyone, the
     actor:
            (1)  alters any writing of another without his authority;
            (2)  makes, completes, executes, authenticates, issues or
        transfers any writing so that it purports to be the act of
        another who did not authorize that act, or to have been
        executed at a time or place or in a numbered sequence other
        than was in fact the case, or to be a copy of an original
        when no such original existed; or
            (3)  utters any writing which he knows to be forged in a
        manner specified in paragraphs (1) or (2) of this subsection.
        (b)  Definition.--As used in this section the word "writing"
     includes printing or any other method of recording information,
     money, coins, tokens, stamps, seals, credit cards, badges,
     trademarks, electronic signatures and other symbols of value,
     right, privilege, or identification.
        (c)  Grading.--Forgery is a felony of the second degree if
     the writing is or purports to be part of an issue of money,
     securities, postage or revenue stamps, or other instruments
     issued by the government, or part of an issue of stock, bonds or
     other instruments representing interests in or claims against
     any property or enterprise. Forgery is a felony of the third
     degree if the writing is or purports to be a will, deed,
     contract, release, commercial instrument, or other document
     evidencing, creating, transferring, altering, terminating, or
     otherwise affecting legal relations. Otherwise forgery is a
     misdemeanor of the first degree.
     (Dec. 16, 2002, P.L.1953, No.226, eff. 60 days)

        2002 Amendment.  Act 226 amended subsec. (b).
        Cross References.  Section 4101 is referred to in section
     3311 of this title; section 5552 of Title 42 (Judiciary and
     Judicial Procedure).
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