The Crime of Credit Card Fraud
Credit Card Fraud is a term used to describe a particular criminal activity that unfortunately is becoming more and more indicative of the dangers associated with our new “connected” world.
Credit Card Fraud is primarily a theft and/or a fraud committed via the unauthorized use of a credit card or a debit card, perhaps using just the card’s numbers or some similar form of electronic transfer payment, to buy things or make withdrawals of cash.
The use of the credit card, debit card or similar form of payment, either over the internet or physically by a person, is illegal whenever it is done without the express authorization of the account’s named holder.
Credit Card Fraud is a form of Identity Theft and may therefore subject anyone convicted of Credit Card Fraud to enhanced punishment.
TITLE 14 — Louisiana Criminal law
RS 14:67.16 — Credit card fraud by persons authorized to provide goods and services
Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 14:67:11§67.11. Credit card fraud by persons authorized to provide goods and services
A. As used in this Section the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Acquirer” means a business organization including without limitation a merchant, financial institution, or an agent of a business organization or financial institution that authorizes a merchant to accept payment by credit card for money, goods, services, or anything else of value.
(2) “Cardholder” means the person or organization named on the face of a credit card to whom or for whose benefit the credit card is issued by an issuer.
(3) “Credit card” means any instrument or device whether known as a credit card, credit plate, bank service card, banking card, check guarantee card, debit card, or by any other name, including an account number, issued with or without fee by an issuer for the use of a cardholder in obtaining money, goods, services, or anything of value on credit or for use in an automated banking device to obtain any of the services offered through the device.
(4) “Issuer” means the business organization or financial institution, or its duly authorized agent, which issues a credit card.
(5) “Provider” means a person who is authorized by an issuer or an acquirer to furnish money, goods, services, or anything else of value upon presentation of a credit card by the cardholder, or any agent or employee of such person.
(6) “Revoked credit card” means a credit card which is no longer valid because permission to use it has been suspended or terminated by the issuer.
B. No provider shall, with intent to defraud an issuer, an acquirer, or a cardholder, furnish money, goods, services, or anything else of value upon presentation of a credit card obtained or retained in violation of this Section, or a credit card which the provider knows is forged or revoked.
C. No provider shall, with intent to defraud an issuer, an acquirer, or a cardholder, fail to furnish money, goods, services, or anything else of value which the provider represents in writing, electronically or otherwise, to an issuer or an acquirer that such provider has furnished.
D. No provider shall, with intent to defraud an issuer, an acquirer, or a cardholder, present to an issuer or acquirer for payment a credit card transaction record which is not the result of an act between the cardholder and the provider.
E. No person shall employ, solicit, or otherwise cause a provider’s employee or authorized agent or representative to remit to an acquirer a credit card transaction record of a sale that was not originated as a result of an act between the cardholder and such provider.
F. Any person who violates the provisions of this Section may be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than fifteen years, or fined not more than fifty thousand dollars, or both.
Acts 1990, No. 691, §1.
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