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Legal Statutes: New York

UPDATED April 20, 2017

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Article 190. Other Frauds

back to topSec. 190.26. Criminal impersonation in the first degree

A person is guilty of criminal impersonation in the first degree when he:

1.  Pretends to be a police officer or a federal law enforcement officer as enumerated in section 2.15 of the criminal procedure law, or wears or displays without authority, any uniform, badge or other insignia or facsimile thereof, by which such police officer or federal law enforcement officer is lawfully distinguished or expresses by his or her words or actions that he or she is acting with the approval or authority of any police department or acting as a federal law enforcement officer with the approval of any agency that employs federal law enforcement officers as enumerated in section 2.15 of the criminal procedure law; and

2.  So acts with intent to induce another to submit to such pretended official authority or otherwise to act in reliance upon said pretense and in the course of such pretense commits or attempts to commit a felony; or

3.  Pretending to be a duly licensed physician or other person authorized to issue a prescription for any drug or any instrument or device used in the taking or administering of drugs for which a prescription is required by law, communicates to a pharmacist an oral prescription which is required to be reduced to writing pursuant to section thirty-three hundred thirty-two of the public health law.

Criminal impersonation in the first degree is a class E felony.

Add, L 1965, ch 1030, § 1, eff Sept 1, 1967, with substance derived from §§ 854, 928, 930, 931, 936–b, 942, 1278, 1846; amd, L 1980, ch 27, § 1, eff Sept 1, 1980; L 2008, ch 304, § 1, eff Nov 1, 2008.