TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 25 - COUNTERFEITING AND FORGERY
Sec. 495. Contracts, deeds, and powers of attorney
Whoever falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits any deed,
power of attorney, order, certificate, receipt, contract, or other
writing, for the purpose of obtaining or receiving, or of enabling
any other person, either directly or indirectly, to obtain or
receive from the United States or any officers or agents thereof,
any sum of money; or
Whoever utters or publishes as true any such false, forged,
altered, or counterfeited writing, with intent to defraud the
United States, knowing the same to be false, altered, forged, or
Whoever transmits to, or presents at any office or officer of the
United States, any such writing in support of, or in relation to,
any account or claim, with intent to defraud the United States,
knowing the same to be false, altered, forged, or counterfeited -
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten
years, or both.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 711; Pub. L. 103-322, title
XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES
Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 73 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch.
321, Sec. 29, 35 Stat. 1094).
Reference in first paragraph to persons causing, procuring,
aiding or assisting was omitted as unnecessary as such persons are
made principals by section 2 of this title.
Mandatory punishment provision was rephrased in the alternative.
Changes were made in phraseology.
1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for
"fined not more than $1,000".
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