26 U.S. Code § 5681 - Penalty relating to signs

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(a) Failure to post required sign
Every person engaged in distilled spirits operations who fails to post the sign required by section 5180 (a) shall be fined not more than $1,000, or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
(b) Posting or displaying false sign
Every person, other than a distiller, warehouseman, or processor of distilled spirits who has received notice of registration of his plant under the provisions of section 5171 (c), or other than a wholesale dealer in liquors who has paid the special tax (or who is exempt from payment of such special tax by reason of the provisions of section 5113 (a)), [1] who puts up or keeps up any sign indicating that he may lawfully carry on the business of a distiller, warehouseman, or processor of distilled spirits, or wholesale dealer in liquors, as the case may be, shall be fined not more than $1,000, or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
(c) Premises where no sign is placed or kept
Every person who works in any distilled spirits plant on which no sign required by section 5180 (a) is placed or kept, and every person who knowingly receives at, or carries or conveys any distilled spirits to or from any such distilled spirits plant or who knowingly carries or delivers any grain, molasses, or other raw material to any distilled spirits plant on which such a sign is not placed and kept, shall forfeit all vehicles, aircraft, or vessels used in carrying or conveying such property and shall be fined not more than $1,000, or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
(d) Presumption
Whenever on trial for violation of subsection (c) by working in a distilled spirits plant on which no sign required by section 5180 (a) is placed or kept, the defendant is shown to have been present at such premises, such presence of the defendant shall be deemed sufficient evidence to authorize conviction, unless the defendant explains such presence to the satisfaction of the jury (or of the court when tried without jury).


[1]  See References in Text note below.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 85–859, title II, § 201,Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1410; amended Pub. L. 96–39, title VIII, § 807(a)(58),July 26, 1979, 93 Stat. 289; Pub. L. 105–34, title XIV, § 1415(b)(1), (2),Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 1047.)
References in Text

Section 5113, referred to in subsec. (b), was repealed by Pub. L. 109–59, title XI, § 11125(a)(1)(C),Aug. 10, 2005, 119 Stat. 1953.
Prior Provisions

A prior section 5681, act Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 698, consisted of provisions similar to those comprising this section, prior to the general revision of this chapter by Pub. L. 85–859.
Amendments

1997—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105–34, § 1415(b)(1), struck out “, and every wholesale dealer in liquors,” after “spirits operations” and “section 5115(a) or” after “sign required by”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 105–34, § 1415(b)(2), substituted “on which no sign required by” for “or wholesale liquor establishment, on which no sign required by section 5115(a) or” and substituted “or who” for “or wholesale liquor establishment, or who”.
1979—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 96–39, § 807(a)(58)(A), substituted “distilled spirits operations” for “distilling, warehousing of distilled spirits, rectifying, or bottling of distilled spirits”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 96–39, § 807(a)(58)(B), substituted “other than a distiller, warehouseman, or processor of distilled spirits” for “other than a distiller, warehouseman of distilled spirits, rectifier, or bottler of distilled spirits”, “section 5171 (c)” for “section 5171 (a)”, and “business of a distiller, warehouseman, or processor of distilled spirits” for “business of a distiller, bonded warehouseman, rectifier, bottler of distilled spirits”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 96–39, § 807(a)(58)(C), substituted “in any distilled spirits plant” for “in any distillery, or in any rectifying, distilled spirits bottling”, “such distilled spirits plant” for “such distillery, or to or from any such rectifying, distilled spirits bottling”, and “to any distilled spirits plant” for “to any distillery”.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 96–39, § 807(a)(58)(D), substituted “distilled spirits plant” for “distillery or rectifying establishment”.
Effective Date of 1997 Amendment

Pub. L. 105–34, title XIV, § 1415(c),Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 1047, provided that: “The amendments made by this section [amending this section and repealing section 5115 of this title] shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act [Aug. 5, 1997].”
Effective Date of 1979 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 96–39effective Jan. 1, 1980, see section 810 ofPub. L. 96–39, set out as a note under section 5001 of this title.
Effective Date

Section effective July 1, 1959, see section 210(a)(1) ofPub. L. 85–859, set out as a note under section 5001 of this title.

 

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