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Sub. S.B. 146
125th General Assembly
(H. Criminal Justice)


Modifies the penalties for "unauthorized use of computer, cable, or telecommunication property" when the unauthorized use is committed for the purpose of devising or executing a scheme to defraud or to obtain property or services, for obtaining money, property, or services by false or fraudulent pretenses, or for committing any other criminal offense so that the offense is one of the following:
            (1)  If the value of the property or services involved or the loss to the victim is $5,000 or more and less than $100,000, a felony of the fourth degree;
            (2)  If the value of the property or services involved or the loss to the victim is $100,000 or more, a felony of the third degree.
Modifies the penalties for "unauthorized use of computer, cable, or telecommunication property" if the victim is an elderly person or a disabled adult, so that the offense is one of the following:
(a)  Generally, a felony of the fifth degree;
(b)  If the value of the property or services or loss to the victim is $500 or more and is less than $5,000, a felony of the fourth degree;
(c)  If the value of the property or services or loss to the victim is $5,000 or more and is less than $25,000, a felony of the third degree;
(d)  If the value of the property or services or loss to the victim is $25,000 or more, a felony of the second degree.
Revises one of the definitions of "computer hacking" to state that computer hacking means gaining access or attempting to gain access to all or part of a computer, computer system, or a computer network without express or implied authorization with the intent to defraud or with intent to commit a crime.
Changes the term "appropriate principal" to "owner, or other person authorized to give consent," in several places in the bill.


S0146-125.doc/ss                                                                                                     05/25/04