Felony Offenses in the Texas Penal Code

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Texas Penal Code, Section 32.51 - Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information


        (a)  In this section:
                (1)  "Identifying information" means information that alone or in conjunction with other information identifies an individual, including an individual's:
                        (A)  name, social security number, date of birth, and government-issued identification number;
                        (B)  unique biometric data, including the individual's fingerprint, voice print, and retina or iris image;
                        (C)  unique electronic identification number, address, and routing code, financial institution account number; and
                        (D)  telecommunication identifying information or access device.
                (2)  "Telecommunication access device" means a card, plate, code, account number, personal identification number, electronic serial number, mobile identification number, or other telecommunications service, equipment, or instrument identifier or means of account access that alone or in conjunction with another telecommunication access device may be used to:
                        (A)  obtain money, goods, services, or other thing of value;  or
                        (B)  initiate a transfer of funds other than a transfer originated solely by paper instrument.
        (b)  A person commits an offense if the person obtains, possesses, transfers, or uses identifying information of another person without the other person's consent and with intent to harm or defraud another.
        (c)  An offense under this section is a state jail felony.
        (d)  If a court orders a defendant convicted of an offense under this section to make restitution to the victim of the offense, the court may order the defendant to reimburse the victim for lost income or other expenses, other than attorney's fees, incurred as a result of the offense.
        (e)  If conduct that constitutes an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under any other law, the actor may be prosecuted under this section or the other law.

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