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Legal Statutes: California

UPDATED April 11, 2017

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Chapter 8. False Personation and Cheats

back to top529. Performance of certain acts in false character

(a)  Every person who falsely personates another in either his or her private or official capacity, and in that assumed character does any of the following, is punishable pursuant to subdivision (b):

(1)  Becomes bail or surety for any party in any proceeding whatever, before any court or officer authorized to take that bail or surety.

(2)  Verifies, publishes, acknowledges, or proves, in the name of another person, any written instrument, with intent that the same may be recorded, delivered, or used as true.

(3)  Does any other act whereby, if done by the person falsely personated, he might, in any event, become liable to any suit or prosecution, or to pay any sum of money, or to incur any charge, forfeiture, or penalty, or whereby any benefit might accrue to the party personating, or to any other person.

(b)  By a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170, or by both that fine and imprisonment.

Enacted Stats 1872. Amended Stats 1905 ch 523 § 1; Stats 1957 ch 139 § 37; Stats 1976 ch 1139 § 233, operative July 1, 1977; Stats 1983 ch 1092 § 296, effective September 27, 1983, operative January 1, 1984; Stats 2011 ch 15 § 381 (AB 109), effective April 4, 2011, operative October 1, 2011.