Theft of Service is when a person commits a theft of services with intent to avoid payment for that service, knowing that the service itself normally provides for compensation. In other words, stealing a service that he would otherwise need to pay for.
The Texas Criminal Penal Code Sec. 31.04. Theft of Service indicates that a person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly secures performance of the service by deception, threat, or false token.
For individuals arrested for Theft of Service the penalty is dependant on the value of property stolen. The values correspond with a typical Theft case.
For instance: it's a Class B misdemeanor for theft valued less than $500; a Class A misdemeanor for $500-$1,500; and a felony if the value is greater than $1,500.
The most common Theft of Service cases and Theft of Service arrests involve taking services, without paying, such as Cable Television, Internet, Phone, or other utilities.
False Statements to Obtain Property includes misrepresenting facts or information in an attempt to gain property or credit.
The Texas Criminal Penal Code Sec. 32.32. False Statements to Obtain Property indicates that a person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly makes a materially false or misleading written statement to obtain property or credit, including a mortgage loan.
For individuals arrested for False Statements to Obtain Property, the penalty is designated similar to a Theft Offense. Common Criminal Cases Involving False Statements to Obtain Property Arrests: The most common False Statements to Obtain Property cases and arrests involve misrepresenting facts on applications for credit cards, loans, or mortgages.
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