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                            CHAPTER 318-S.F.No. 2701 
                  An act relating to crime prevention; creating the 
                  crime of gambling fraud; providing criminal penalties; 
                  proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, 
                  chapter 609. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  [609.763] [LAWFUL GAMBLING FRAUD.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [CRIME.] A person is guilty of a crime and 
        may be sentenced as provided in subdivision 2 if the person does 
        any of the following: 
           (1) knowingly claims a lawful gambling prize using altered 
        or counterfeited gambling equipment; 
           (2) knowingly claims a lawful gambling prize by means of 
        fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; 
           (3) manipulates any form of lawful gambling or tampers with 
        any gambling equipment with intent to influence the outcome of a 
        game or the receipt of a prize; or 
           (4) knowingly places or uses false information on a prize 
        receipt or on any other form approved for use by the gambling 
        control board or the alcohol and gambling enforcement division 
        of the department of public safety. 
           Subd. 2.  [PENALTY.] A person who violates subdivision 1 
        may be sentenced as follows: 
           (1) if the dollar amount involved is $500 or less, the 
        person is guilty of a misdemeanor; 
           (2) if the dollar amount involved is more than $500 but not 
        more than $2,500, the person is guilty of a gross misdemeanor; 
        and 
           (3) if the dollar amount involved is more than $2,500, the 
        person is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to 
        imprisonment for not more than three years or to payment of a 
        fine of not more than $6,000, or both. 
           Subd. 3.  [AGGREGATION; JURISDICTION.] In a prosecution 
        under this section, the dollar amounts obtained in violation of 
        subdivision 1 within any 12-month period may be aggregated and 
        the defendant charged accordingly.  When two or more offenses 
        are committed by the same person in two or more counties, the 
        defendant may be prosecuted in any county in which one of the 
        offenses was committed for all of the offenses aggregated under 
        this subdivision. 
           Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Section 1 is effective August 1, 2000, and applies to 
        crimes committed on or after that date. 
           Presented to the governor March 30, 2000 
           Signed by the governor April 3, 2000, 2:20 p.m.