Section 13A-8-113

Encoded data fraud.

(a) A person commits the crime of encoded data fraud by:

(1) Knowingly and with the intent to commit an unlawful act or to defraud, possessing a scanning device; or knowingly and with intent to commit an unlawful act or defraud, using or attempting to use a scanning device to access, read, obtain, memorize, or store, temporarily or permanently, information encoded on an identification document by means of magnetic strip, integrated circuit, or radio frequency identification tag without the permission of the authorized user or issuer of the identification document.

(2) Knowingly and with the intent to commit an unlawful act or to defraud, possessing a reencoder; or knowingly and with intent to commit an unlawful act or defraud, using or attempting to use a reencoder to place encoded information on an identification document by means of magnetic strip, integrated circuit, or radio frequency identification tag without the permission of the authorized user or issuer of the identification document from which the information is being reencoded.

(b) Any person violating this section, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a Class C felony.

(c) Any scanning device or reencoder owned by the defendant and possessed or used in violation of this section may be seized and be destroyed as contraband by the investigating law enforcement agency by which the scanning device or reencoder was seized.

(Act 2012-432, p. 1192, §4.)