Bill Summary for H 341 (2021-2022)
Apr 13 2021
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AN ACT MAKING IMPERSONATION OF AN ACTUAL PERSON OVER THE INTERNET FOR CERTAIN UNLAWFUL PURPOSES A CLASS H FELONY AND PROTECTING CONSUMERS FROM MISLEADING OR FICTITIOUS COMMUNICATIONS DESIGNED TO ELICIT A RESPONSE OR FOR A STUDY, SURVEY, MARKETING, OR OTHER PURPOSE.Intro. by White, Strickland.
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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Amends proposed GS 14-118.8 as follows. Revises the definition of impersonate to mean engaging in a credible portrayal (was impersonation) of an actual person such that another person would reasonably believe, or did reasonably believe, that the imposter was or is the misrepresented person. No longer provides that a violation of the statute is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, or by imprisonment, or by both the fine and imprisonment; maintains that a violation is a Class H felony. Makes a technical change regarding costs recoverable in a civil action brought under the statute.