2013 Mississippi Code
Title 97 - CRIMES
Chapter 19 - FALSE PRETENSES AND CHEATS
§ 97-19-21 - Credit cards; use to obtain things of value or to operate automatic cash dispensing machines with intent to defraud; penalties


MS Code § 97-19-21 (2013) What's This?

(1) It is unlawful for any person, with intent to defraud the cardholder, the issuer, a person or organization providing money, goods, property, services or anything else of value, or any other person, (a) to use a credit card or credit card number obtained or retained in violation of Sections 97-19-5 through 97-19-29, or a credit card which he knows is forged, for the purpose of obtaining money, goods, property, services or anything else of value, or (b) to obtain money, goods, property, services or anything else of value (i) by representing without the consent of the cardholder that he is the holder of a specified card, or (ii) by representing that he is the holder of a card when he has reason to know that such card has not in fact been issued, or (iii) by representing that he has been authorized to use the credit card or credit card number.

(2) It is unlawful for any person, with intent to defraud the cardholder or issuer of a credit card used in the operation of an automatic unmanned cash dispensing machine, to use such card for the purpose of obtaining money from such machine.

(3) Any person convicted for a violation of subsection (1) or (2) of this section shall be punished as follows:

(a) For a first offense of violating subsection (1) or (2) of this section, whenever the value of the money, goods, property, services or other thing of value obtained or attempted to be obtained is less than One Hundred Dollars ($ 100.00), the person committing the offense shall be punished by a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($ 1,000.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed one (1) year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(b) For a second or subsequent offense of violating subsection (1) or (2) of this section, whenever the value of the money, goods, property, services or other thing of value obtained or attempted to be obtained is less than One Hundred Dollars ($ 100.00), the person committing the offense shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($ 100.00) nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($ 1,000.00), or by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for a term not to exceed three (3) years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(c) Whenever the value of the money, goods, property, services or other thing of value obtained or attempted to be obtained is One Hundred Dollars ($ 100.00) or more, the person committing the offense, whether the offense is a first, second or subsequent offense, shall be guilty of a felony and such person, upon conviction, shall be punished as provided in paragraph (3)(b) of this section.

(4) For the purpose of determining the punishment to be imposed under subsection (3) of this section, the value of all money, goods, property, services and other things of value obtained or attempted to be obtained by two (2) or more uses of the same credit card shall be aggregated.

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