Citations Affected: IC 35-42-2-5.7 ; IC 35-44-2-2 .
Synopsis: False reporting. Provides that a person who makes a false
report commits a Class C felony if, in response to the false report, a
physician prescribes diagnostic testing or medical treatment. Makes it
a Class C felony for a person to disseminate a substance with the intent
to cause a reasonable person to believe that the substance is a weapon
of mass destruction. Provides enhanced penalties if dissemination of
the substance results in diagnostic testing, medical treatment, or serious
Effective: July 1, 2002.
January 8, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
criminal law and procedure.
written or oral communication, that:
(1) the person or another person has placed or intends to place an explosive or other destructive substance in a building or transportation facility;
(2) there has been or there will be tampering with a consumer product introduced into commerce; or
(3) there has been or will be placed or introduced a weapon of mass destruction in a building or a place of assembly;
knowing the report to be false commits false reporting, a Class D felony. However, the offense is a Class C felony if, as a result of the false report, a physician prescribes diagnostic testing or medical treatment for any person other than the person who made the false report.
(c) A person who:
(1) gives a false report of the commission of a crime or gives false information in the official investigation of the commission of a crime, knowing the report or information to be false;
(2) gives a false alarm of fire to the fire department of a governmental entity, knowing the alarm to be false;
(3) makes a false request for ambulance service to an ambulance service provider, knowing the request to be false; or
(4) gives a false report concerning a missing child (as defined in IC 10-1-7-2 ) or gives false information in the official investigation of a missing child knowing the report or information to be false;
commits false informing, a Class B misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it substantially hinders any law enforcement process or if it results in harm to an innocent person.