Whoever falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee acting under the authority of the United States or any department, agency or officer thereof, and acts as such, or in such pretended character demands or obtains any money, paper, document, or thing of value, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., §§ 76 and
123 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch. 321, §§ 32 and
66,35 Stat. 1095, 1100; Feb. 28, 1938, ch. 37, 52 Stat. 82).
Section consolidates sections
123 of title
18, U.S.C., 1940 ed. The effect of this consolidation was to increase the punishment for revenue officers from $500 to $1,000 and from 2 years to 3 years, and to rephrase in the alternative the mandatory punishment provision.
This section now applies the same punishment to all officers and agents of the United States found guilty of false personation.
Words “agency or” were inserted to eliminate any possible ambiguity as to scope of section. (See definitive section
6 of this title.) Other words referring to “authority of any corporation owned or controlled by the United States” were omitted for the same reason. (See Pierce v. U.S., 1941, 62 S. Ct. 237, 314 U.S. 306, 86 L. Ed. 226.)
The words “with the intent to defraud the United States or any person”, contained in said section
76 of title
18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., were omitted as meaningless in view of United States v. Lapowich, 63 S. Ct. 914.
Changes were made in phraseology.
1994—Pub. L. 103–322substituted “fined under this title” for “fined not more than $1,000”.
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