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H. B. 4467


(By Delegate Tansill)
[Introduced February 8, 2008; referred to the
Committee on Education then the Judiciary.]




A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-4-9, relating to the falsification of educational or academic records; and providing a misdemeanor penalty.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-4-9, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 4. FORGERY AND CRIMES AGAINST THE CURRENCY.
§61-4-9. Falsification of Educational or Academic Records; penalty.

(a) Any person who buys, sells, creates, duplicates, alters, gives or obtains a diploma, academic record , certificate of enrollment or other instrument which purports to signify merit or achievement conferred by an institution of education with the intent to fraudulently use that document or to allow the fraudulent use of the document is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or confined in jail for not more than six months, or both fined and confined.
(b)
Any person who knowingly makes or causes to be made, either directly or indirectly, or through any individual, corporation or agency whatsoever, any false statement in writing, regarding his or her obtaining a diploma, academic record , certificate of enrollment or other instrument which purports to signify merit or achievement conferred by an institution of education with the intent that it shall be relied upon, to procure employment or any other benefit whatsoever, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or confined in jail for not more than six months, or both fined and confined.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make it a misdemeanor to falsify educational or academic records or to knowingly misrepresent your academic or educational record to obtain a benefit for that individual or other party.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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