Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 35-44-2-5.

Synopsis: Use of false academic credentials. Provides that a person who, after June 30, 2007, uses a document issued by a nonaccredited college or university to obtain employment or other benefits commits using a false academic credential, a Class D felony.

Effective: July 1, 2007.


    January 8, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters.


First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 35-44-2-5; (07)IN0011.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 35-44-2-5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 5. (a) As used in this section, "false academic credential" means a document that:
        (1) indicates completion of a course of study resulting in earning a postsecondary degree or certification; and
        (2) is issued by an entity other than an accredited postsecondary institution.
    (b) As used in this section, "occupation" has the meaning set forth in IC 22-2-2-3.
    (c) A person who knowingly uses a false academic credential to obtain:
        (1) employment;
        (2) a permit, license, or other certification to practice an occupation; or
        (3) a promotion, compensation, or another benefit in the person's occupation;
commits using a false academic credential, a Class D felony.

SOURCE: ; (07)IN0011.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007] IC 35-44-2-5, as added by this act, applies to offenses committed after June 30, 2007.