Unsworn Falsifications

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The Statute Governing Unsworn Falsification in Pennsylvania

18 Pa.C.S.A. § 4904. Unsworn falsification to authorities

(a) IN GENERAL. –A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if, with intent to mislead a public servant in performing his official function, he:

(1) makes any written false statement which he does not believe to be true;

(2) submits or invites reliance on any writing which he knows to be forged, altered or otherwise lacking in authenticity; or

(3) submits or invites reliance on any sample, specimen, map, boundary mark, or other object which he knows to be false.

(b) STATEMENTS “UNDER PENALTY.” –A person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree if he makes a written false statement which he does not believe to be true, on or pursuant to a form bearing notice, authorized by law, to the effect that false statements made therein are punishable.

(c) PERJURY PROVISIONS APPLICABLE. –Section 4902(c) through (f) of this title (relating to perjury) applies to this section.

(d) PENALTY.– In addition to any other penalty that may be imposed, a person convicted under this section shall be sentenced to pay a fine of at least $ 1,000.

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