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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 1707                                            01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 83 - POSTAL SERVICE

HEAD

    Sec. 1707. Theft of property used by Postal Service

STATUTE

      Whoever steals, purloins, or embezzles any property used by the
    Postal Service, or appropriates any such property to his own or any
    other than its proper use, or conveys away any such property to the
    hindrance or detriment of the public service, shall be fined under
    this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; but if
    the value of such property does not exceed $1,000, he shall be
    fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or
    both.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 779; Pub. L. 91-375, Sec.
    6(j)(18), Aug. 12, 1970, 84 Stat. 778; Pub. L. 103-322, title
    XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(G), (H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147;
    Pub. L. 104-294, title VI, Sec. 606(a), Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat.
    3511.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

      Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 313 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch.
    321, Sec. 190, 35 Stat. 1124).
      The phrase "used by" was substituted for "in use by or belonging
    to" in order to limit the application of the section to property
    used by the Post Office Department. Theft of public property
    belonging to governmental departments is covered by section 641 of
    this title.
      A fine of "$1,000" was substituted for "$200," thus increasing
    the maximum to conform with other comparable sections. (See section
    1705 of this title.)
      The smaller penalty for an offense involving property valued at
    $100 or less was added. (See reviser's notes under sections 641 and
    645 of this title.)
      Minor changes in phraseology were made.
                                AMENDMENTS
      1996 - Pub. L. 104-294 substituted "$1,000" for "$100".
      1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for
    "fined not more than $1,000" after "service, shall be" and for
    "fined not more than $500" after "he shall be".
      1970 - Pub. L. 91-375 substituted "Postal Service" for "Post
    Office Department".
                     EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1970 AMENDMENT
      Amendment by Pub. L. 91-375 effective within 1 year after Aug.
    12, 1970, on date established therefor by Board of Governors of
    United States Postal Service and published by it in Federal
    Register, see section 15(a) of Pub. L. 91-375, set out as an
    Effective Date note preceding section 101 of Title 39, Postal
    Service.
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