18 USC Sec. 913 01/05/2009
TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 43 - FALSE PERSONATION
Sec. 913. Impersonator making arrest or search
Whoever falsely represents himself to be an officer, agent, or
employee of the United States, and in such assumed character
arrests or detains any person or in any manner searches the person,
buildings, or other property of any person, shall be fined under
this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 742; 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. 77a (Aug. 27, 1935,
ch. 740, Sec. 201, 49 Stat. 877).
Words "shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor" were omitted.
(See definitive section 1 of this title.) Words "and upon
conviction thereof" preceding "shall be" were omitted as surplusage
since punishment cannot be imposed until conviction is secured.
Maximum imprisonment provision was changed from 1 year to 3 years
so as to be consistent with sections 911 and 912 of this title, the
latter having also been changed to 3 years. There is no sound
reason why a uniform punishment should not be prescribed for the
offenses defined in these three sections.
Changes were made in phraseology.
1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for
"fined not more than $1,000".