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10.2-9  Credit Card Forgery -- § 53a-128c (g)

Revised to December 1, 2007

The defendant is charged [in count __] with credit card forgery.  The statute defining this offense imposes punishment on

any person other than the cardholder or any person authorized by (him/her) who, with intent to defraud the issuer, a participating party, or a person providing money, goods, services or anything else of value, or any other person, signs a credit card.

For you to find the defendant guilty of this charge, the state must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

Element 1 - Signed credit card
The first element is that the defendant signed a credit card, and was not the cardholder or anyone authorized by the cardholder.  "Credit card" means any instrument or device, whether known as a credit card, as a credit plate, or by any other name, issued with or without fee by an issuer for the use of a cardholder in obtaining money, goods, services or anything else of value on credit. 

Element 2 - Intent to defraud
The second element is that the defendant intended to defraud the issuer, a participating party, or a person providing money, goods, services or anything else of value, or any other person.  <See Intent to Defraud, Instruction 2.3-6.>

Conclusion

In summary, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant 1) signed a credit card, and 2) intended to defraud a purported issuer, a participating party, or a person providing money, goods, services, or anything else of value, or any other person.

If you unanimously find that the state has proved beyond a reasonable doubt each of the elements of the crime of credit card forgery, then you shall find the defendant guilty.  On the other hand, if you unanimously find that the state has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt any of the elements, you shall then find the defendant not guilty.
 


 

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