2019 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 13 - Forgery, Larceny, Embezzlement, False Pretenses And Cheats
Section 16-13-240. Obtaining signature or property by false pretenses.

Universal Citation: SC Code § 16-13-240 (2019)

A person who by false pretense or representation obtains the signature of a person to a written instrument or obtains from another person any chattel, money, valuable security, or other property, real or personal, with intent to cheat and defraud a person of that property is guilty of a:

(1) felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred dollars and imprisoned not more than ten years if the value of the property is ten thousand dollars or more;

(2) felony and, upon conviction, must be fined in the discretion of the court or imprisoned not more than five years if the value of the property is more than two thousand dollars but less than ten thousand dollars;

(3) misdemeanor triable in magistrates court or municipal court, notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 22-3-540, 22-3-545, 22-3-550, and 14-25-65, if the value of the property is two thousand dollars or less. Upon conviction, the person must be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than thirty days.

HISTORY: 1962 Code Section 16-366; 1952 Code Section 16-366; 1942 Code Section 1171; 1932 Code Section 1171; Cr. C. '22 Section 64; Cr. C. '12 Section 220; Cr. C. '02 Section 168; G. S. 2499; R. S. 162; 1876 (26) 39; 1893 (21) 507; 1894 (21) 824; 1960 (51) 1598; 1981 Act No. 76, Section 7; 1993 Act No. 171, Section 11; 1993 Act No. 184, Section 115; 2010 Act No. 273, Section 16.O, eff June 2, 2010.

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