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Understanding Oklahoma’s “false personation” law

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

As identity theft becomes easier to pull off – often using nothing more than a computer — law enforcement agencies and prosecutors are putting significant resources into catching those who engage in it.

The laws around identity theft and related crimes vary by state. Here in Oklahoma, you might hear the term “false personation.” The specific law that addresses it is called “receiving money or property intended for individual personated.” That pretty much describes what the crime involves.

The state code describes it in more detail. Under the law, someone is guilty of the offense if that person “falsely personates another, and…receives any money or property…intended to be delivered to the individual so personated, with intent to convert the same to his own use, or to that of another person who is not entitled thereto.”

This offense can be as relatively simple as using another person’s credit card information to order something online or stealing a check out of the mail and cashing it using fraudulent identification. It can also be part of a larger scheme that defrauds multiple people.

The consequences depend on the value of the assets involved

If the amount of assets involved is valued under $1,000, a corresponding charge is typically classified as a misdemeanor. Nonetheless, a conviction can involve a fine and jail time. If the amount involved is at least $1,000, it’s a felony. The amount of an associated fine and length of incarceration possible rise with the value of the assets.

If you’ve been charged with this offense, it’s important to thoroughly understand what it means. It’s smart to get legal guidance as soon as possible to protect your rights and determine how best to proceed based on your specific circumstances.