Title 44

Chapter 20
Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Tax

R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-20-39

§ 44-20-39. Forgery and counterfeiting — Tampering with meters — Reuse of stamps or containers.

Any person who or that fraudulently makes or utters or forges or counterfeits any stamp, disc, license, or marker, prescribed by the tax administrator under the provisions of this chapter, or who causes or procures this to be done; or who willfully utters, publishes, passes or renders as true, any false, altered, forged, or counterfeited stamp, license, disc, or marker; or who knowingly possesses more than twenty (20) packs of cigarettes containing any false, altered, forged, or counterfeited stamp, license, disc, or marker; or who tampers with, or causes to be tampered with, any metering machine authorized to be used under the provisions of this chapter; or who removes or prepares any stamp with intent to use, or cause that stamp to be used, after it has already been used; or who buys, sells, offers for sale, or gives away any washed or removed or restored stamp to any person; or who has in his or her possession any washed or restored or removed or altered stamp that was removed from the article to which it was affixed, or who reuses or refills with cigarettes any package, box, or container required to be stamped under this chapter from which cigarettes have been removed, is deemed guilty of a felony, and, upon conviction, shall be fined one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), or be imprisoned for not more than fifteen (15) years, or both.

History of Section.
P.L. 1939, ch. 663, § 20; impl. am. P.L. 1940, ch. 875, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 44-20-39; P.L. 2007, ch. 246, § 3; P.L. 2007, ch. 250, § 3; P.L. 2012, ch. 241, art. 21, § 6; P.L. 2014, ch. 151, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 168, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 512, art. 1, § 32.