CHAPTER 110

 

An Act concerning forgery and amending N.J.S.2C:21-1 and supplementing Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes.


    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

    1.    N.J.S.2C:21-1 is amended to read as follows:


Forgery and related offenses.

    2C:21-1. Forgery and Related Offenses.

    a.    Forgery. A person is guilty of forgery if, with purpose to defraud or injure anyone, or with knowledge that he is facilitating a fraud or injury to be perpetrated by anyone, the actor:

    (1)  Alters or changes any writing of another without his authorization;

    (2)  Makes, completes, executes, authenticates, issues or transfers any writing so that it purports to be the act of another who did not authorize that act or of a fictitious person, or to have been executed at a time or place or in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case, or to be a copy of an original when no such original existed; or

    (3)  Utters any writing which he knows to be forged in a manner specified in paragraph (1) or (2).

    "Writing" includes printing or any other method of recording information, money, coins, tokens, stamps, seals, credit cards, badges, trademarks, access devices, and other symbols of value, right, privilege, or identification, including retail sales receipts, universal product code (UPC) labels and checks. This section shall apply without limitation to forged, copied or imitated checks.

    b.    Grading of forgery. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be part of an issue of money, securities, postage or revenue stamps, or other instruments, certificates or licenses issued by the government, New Jersey Prescription Blanks as referred to in R.S.45:14-14, or part of an issue of stock, bonds or other instruments representing interest in or claims against any property or enterprise, or an access device. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be a check. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be 15 or more forged or altered retail sales receipts or universal product code labels.

    Otherwise forgery is a crime of the fourth degree.

    c.    Possession of forgery devices. A person is guilty of possession of forgery devices, a crime of the third degree, when with purpose to use, or to aid or permit another to use the same for purposes of forging written instruments, including access devices, he makes or possesses any device, apparatus, equipment, computer, computer equipment, computer software or article specially designed or adapted to such use.


C.2C:21-2.4 Possession of certain fraudulent receipts, universal product code (UPC) labels and checks.

    2.    Possession of certain fraudulent receipts, universal product code (UPC) labels and checks.

    a.    Except as provided in subsection b. of this section, any person who knowingly possesses a forged or altered retail sales receipt, universal product code(UPC) label or check for the purpose of defrauding a retail merchant shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense.

    b.    Any person who knowingly possesses 15 or more forged or altered retail sales receipts,universal product code labels or checksfor the purpose of defrauding a retail merchant shall be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.


    3.    This act shall take effect immediately.


    Approved June 21, 2001.