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October 6, 2023

817.02. Obtaining property by false personation

(1) Whoever falsely personates or represents another person, and in such assumed character:

(a) Receives any property intended to be delivered to that person, with intent to convert the same to his or her own use; or

(b) To the extent not subject to s. 817.568, damages the credit history or rating of, or otherwise causes harm to, the person whose identity has been assumed through the taking of property from any person,

shall be punished as if he or she had been convicted of larceny.


(a) In sentencing a defendant convicted of a violation of this section, in addition to restitution to the victim under s. 775.089, the court may order restitution for the victim’s out-of-pocket costs, including attorney fees and fees associated with services provided by certified public accountants licensed under chapter 473, incurred by the victim in clearing the victim’s credit history or credit rating, or costs incurred in connection with a civil or administrative proceeding to satisfy a debt, lien, or other obligation of the victim arising as a result of the actions of the defendant.

(b) The sentencing court may issue such orders as are necessary to correct a public record that contains false information given in violation of this section.


(a) A victim of the conduct subject to this section shall have a civil cause of action against a person who has engaged in the conduct prohibited by this section as provided in s. 772.11.

(b) For purposes of this subsection, the term “victim” includes, to the extent not already included within s. 817.568, a person whose identity was falsely personated or who suffers a loss of property as a result of the false personation.