The Texas Legislature passed House Bill 215 to fight the onslaught of credit
card skimming. This bill has now paved the wave to increase the prosecutions
for those who used credit card/debit card skimming machines. Previously,
the law provided that in order for one to be convicted of the offense
of using these machines, the State had to prove an intent to harm or defraud
another person. However, now the Texas Legislature has changed the mens
Instead, the act of obtaining this financial information though a skimming
machine or telephoto lense (just a few examples) is now a Class B Misdemeanor.
If the information is then transferred to a third party, then the offense
will be a Class A misdemeanor. In these financial times, with the explosion
of concerted effort to prosecute
white collar crimes, there will be tougher penalties associated with these kinds of crimes.
There will be a time, coming soon, when these offenses will become felonies.
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