2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 943. Crimes against property.
943.21 Fraud on hotel or restaurant keeper, recreational attraction, taxicab operator, or gas station.

943.21

943.21 Fraud on hotel or restaurant keeper, recreational attraction, taxicab operator, or gas station.

943.21(1c)

(1c) In this section, "recreational attraction" means a public accommodation designed for amusement and includes chair lifts or ski resorts, water parks, theaters, entertainment venues, racetracks, swimming pools, trails, golf courses, carnivals, and amusement parks.

943.21(1m)

(1m) Whoever does any of the following may be penalized as provided in sub. (3):

943.21(1m)(a)

(a) Having obtained any beverage, food, lodging, ticket or other means of admission, or other service or accommodation at any campground, hotel, motel, boarding or lodging house, restaurant, or recreational attraction, intentionally absconds without paying for it.

943.21(1m)(b)

(b) While a guest at any campground, hotel, motel, boarding or lodging house, or restaurant, intentionally defrauds the keeper thereof in any transaction arising out of the relationship as guest.

943.21(1m)(c)

(c) Having obtained any transportation service from a taxicab operator, intentionally absconds without paying for the service.

943.21(1m)(d)

(d) Having obtained gasoline or diesel fuel from a service station, garage, or other place where gasoline or diesel fuel is sold at retail or offered for sale at retail, intentionally absconds without paying for the gasoline or diesel fuel.

943.21(2)

(2) Under this section, prima facie evidence of an intent to defraud is shown by:

943.21(2)(a)

(a) The refusal of payment upon presentation when due, and the return unpaid of any bank check or order for the payment of money, given by any guest to any campground, hotel, motel, boarding or lodging house, or restaurant, in payment of any obligation arising out of the relationship as guest. Those facts also constitute prima facie evidence of an intent to abscond without payment.

943.21(2)(b)

(b) The failure or refusal of any guest at a campground, hotel, motel, boarding or lodging house, or restaurant, to pay, upon written demand, the established charge for any beverage, food, lodging or other service or accommodation actually rendered.

943.21(2)(c)

(c) The giving of false information on a lodging registration form or the giving of false information or presenting of false or fictitious credentials for the purpose of obtaining any beverage or food, lodging or credit.

943.21(2)(d)

(d) The drawing, endorsing, issuing or delivering to any campground, hotel, motel, boarding or lodging house, or restaurant, of any check, draft or order for payment of money upon any bank or other depository, in payment of established charges for any beverage, food, lodging or other service or accommodation, knowing at the time that there is not sufficient credit with the drawee bank or other depository for payment in full of the instrument drawn.

943.21(2g)

(2g) If a person has obtained a ticket, another means of admission, or an accommodation or service provided by the recreational attraction, his or her failure or refusal to pay a recreational attraction the established charge for the ticket, other means of admission, or accommodation or service provided by the recreational attraction constitutes prima facie evidence of an intent to abscond without payment.

943.21(2m)

(2m) The refusal to pay a taxicab operator the established charge for transportation service provided by the operator constitutes prima facie evidence of an intent to abscond without payment.

943.21(2r)

(2r) The failure or refusal to pay a service station, garage, or other place where gasoline or diesel fuel is sold at retail or offered for sale at retail the established charge for gasoline or diesel fuel provided by the service station, garage, or other place constitutes prima facie evidence of an intent to abscond without payment.

943.21(3)

(3)

943.21(3)(am)

(am) Whoever violates sub. (1m) (a), (b), or (c):

943.21(3)(am)1.

1. Is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor when the value of any beverage, food, lodging, accommodation, transportation or other service is $2,500 or less.

943.21(3)(am)2.

2. Is guilty of a Class I felony when the value of any beverage, food, lodging, accommodation, transportation or other service exceeds $2,500.

943.21(3)(bm)

(bm) Whoever violates sub. (1m) (d) is subject to a Class D forfeiture.

943.21(3m)

(3m)

943.21(3m)(a)

(a) Definitions. In this subsection:

943.21(3m)(a)1.

1. "Operating privilege" has the meaning given in s. 340.01 (40).

943.21(3m)(a)2.

2. "Repeat offense" means a violation of sub. (1m) (d) that occurs after a person has been found by a court to have violated sub. (1m) (d).

943.21(3m)(b)

(b) Driver's license suspension; 2nd offense. Subject to pars. (c) and (d), if a person commits a repeat offense, the court, in addition to imposing any penalty under sub. (3) (bm), may suspend the person's operating privilege for not more than 6 months.

943.21(3m)(c)

(c) Driver's license suspension; 3rd offense. Subject to par. (d), if a person violates sub. (1m) (d) after having been found by a court to have committed an offense that constitutes a repeat offense, the court, in addition to imposing any penalty under sub. (3) (bm), shall suspend the person's operating privilege for not more than 6 months.

943.21(3m)(d)

(d) Driver's license suspension; 4th offense. If a person violates sub. (1m) (d) after having his or her operating privilege suspended under par. (c), the court, in addition to imposing any penalty under sub. (3) (bm), shall suspend the person's operating privilege for one year.

943.21(4)

(4)

943.21(4)(a)

(a) In addition to the other penalties provided for violation of this section, a judge may order a violator to pay restitution under s. 973.20. A victim may not be compensated under this section and s. 943.212.

943.21(4)(b)

(b) This subsection is applicable in actions concerning violations of ordinances in conformity with this section.

943.21(5)

(5) A judgment may not be entered for a violation of this section or for a violation of an ordinance adopted in conformity with this section, regarding conduct that was the subject of a judgment including exemplary damages under s. 943.212.

943.21 - ANNOT.

History: 1977 c. 173; 1979 c. 239, 242; 1991 a. 39, 65, 189; 1995 a. 160; 2001 a. 16, 109; 2003 a. 80, 252, 327.

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