House 9 - 2011 Legislation

AN ACT RELATIVE TO FRAUD

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 266 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting after section 67C the following section:

Section 67D. Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, including any scheme or artifice to defraud the commonwealth, any of its political subdivisions, or any authority established by the general court to serve a public purpose, of any money, property or anything of substantial value, including the wrongful withholding of said money, property or anything of substantial value from any of these entities, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, or to sell, dispose of, loan, exchange, alter, give away, distribute, supply, or furnish or procure for unlawful use any counterfeit or spurious currency, obligation, security, or other article, or anything represented to be or intimated or held out to be such counterfeit or spurious article, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years, or in the house of correction for not more than 2 1/2 years, or both.