2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 943. Crimes against property.
943.45 Theft of telecommunications service.

943.45

943.45 Theft of telecommunications service.

943.45(1)

(1) No person may intentionally obtain or attempt to obtain telecommunications service, as defined in s. 196.01 (9m), by any of the following means:

943.45(1)(a)

(a) Charging such service to an existing telephone number or credit card number without the consent of the subscriber thereto or the legitimate holder thereof.

943.45(1)(b)

(b) Charging such service to a false, fictitious, suspended, terminated, expired, canceled or revoked telephone number or credit card number.

943.45(1)(c)

(c) Rearranging, tampering with or making connection with any facilities or equipment.

943.45(1)(d)

(d) Using a code, prearranged scheme, or other stratagem or device whereby said person in effect sends or receives information.

943.45(1)(e)

(e) Using any other contrivance, device or means to avoid payment of the lawful charges, in whole or in part, for such service.

943.45(2)

(2) This section shall apply when the said telecommunications service either originates or terminates, or both, in this state, or when the charges for said telecommunications service would have been billable, in normal course, by a person providing telecommunications service in this state, but for the fact that said service was obtained, or attempted to be obtained, by one or more of the means set forth in sub. (1).

943.45(3)

(3) The following penalties apply to violations of this section:

943.45(3)(a)

(a) Except as provided in pars. (b) to (d), any person who violates sub. (1) is subject to a Class C forfeiture.

943.45(3)(b)

(b) Except as provided in pars. (c) and (d), any person who violates sub. (1) as a 2nd or subsequent offense is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

943.45(3)(c)

(c) Except as provided in par. (d), any person who violates sub. (1) for direct or indirect commercial advantage or private financial gain is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

943.45(3)(d)

(d) Any person who violates sub. (1) for direct or indirect commercial advantage or private financial gain as a 2nd or subsequent offense is guilty of a Class I felony.

943.45 - ANNOT.

History: 1977 c. 173; 1991 a. 39; 1993 a. 496; 2001 a. 109.

943.45 - ANNOT.

Each separate plan or scheme to obtain service by fraud is a separate chargeable offense. State v. Davis, 171 Wis. 2d 711, 492 N.W.2d 174 (Ct. App. 1992).

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