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Rs 14:67.4 Anti-Skimming Act

§67.4. Anti-Skimming Act

A. This Section shall be known and may be cited as the "Anti-Skimming Act".

B. As used in this Section the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) "Authorized card user" means any person with permission to use any payment card to obtain, purchase, or receive goods, services, money, or anything else of value from a merchant.

(2) "Merchant" means an owner or operator of any retail mercantile establishment or any agent, employee, lessee, consignee, officer, director, franchisee, or independent contractor of such owner or operator who receives from an authorized user of a payment card, or someone the merchant believes to be an authorized user, a payment card or information from a payment card, or what the merchant believes to be a payment card or information from a payment card, as the instrument for obtaining, purchasing or receiving goods, services, money, or anything else of value from the merchant.

(3) "Payment card" means a credit card, charge card, debit card, hotel key card, stored value card, or any other card that is issued to an authorized card user and that allows the user to obtain, purchase, or receive goods, services, money, or anything else of value from a merchant.

(4) "Re-encoder" means an electronic device that places encoded information from the magnetic strip or stripe of a payment card onto the magnetic strip or stripe of a different payment card.

(5) "Scanning device" means a scanner, reader, or any other electronic device that is used to access, read, scan, obtain, memorize, or store, temporarily or permanently, information encoded on the magnetic strip or stripe of a payment card.

C. It shall be unlawful for any person to do either of the following:

(1) Use a scanning device to access, read, obtain, memorize, or store, temporarily or permanently, information encoded on the magnetic strip or stripe of a payment card without the permission of the authorized user of the payment card and with the intent to defraud the authorized user, the issuer of the authorized user's payment card, or a merchant.

(2) Use a re-encoder to place information encoded on the magnetic strip or stripe of a payment card onto the magnetic strip or stripe of a different card without the permission of the authorized user of the card from which the information is being re-encoded and with the intent to defraud the authorized user, the issuer of the authorized user's payment card, or a merchant.

D.(1) Whoever violates the provisions of Subsection C of this Section shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.

(2) Whoever, directly or indirectly, by agent or otherwise, uses a scanning device and a re-encoder in violation of Subsection C of this Section and with the intent to defraud shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than ten years, or fined not more than ten thousand dollars, or both.

(3) Upon a third or subsequent conviction of a violation of the provisions of this Section, the offender shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than ten years, or may be fined not more than twenty thousand dollars, or both.

E. In addition to the penalties provided in Subsection D of this Section, a person convicted under this Section shall be ordered to make full restitution to the victim and any other person who has suffered a financial loss as a result of the offense. If a person ordered to make restitution pursuant to this Section is found to be indigent and therefore unable to make restitution in full at the time of conviction, the court shall order a periodic payment plan consistent with the person's financial ability.

Acts 2005, No. 297, §1; Acts 2008, No. 495, §1.

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Louisiana
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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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