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2154Ratification Number: 131Act Number: 87Introducing Body: HouseSubject: False information to law enforcement officers
(A87, R131, H2154)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-17-725 SO AS TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO MAKE A FALSE COMPLAINT, OR AFTER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION TO GIVE FALSE INFORMATION TO ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER CONCERNING THE ALLEGED COMMISSION OF ANY CRIME BY ANOTHER OR FOR ANY PERSON TO KNOWINGLY GIVE FALSE INFORMATION TO ANY RESCUE SQUAD OR FIRE DEPARTMENT CONCERNING THE ALLEGED OCCURRENCE OF A HEALTH EMERGENCY OR FIRE AND PROVIDE PENALTIES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Unlawful to make false complaint
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 16-17-725. (A) It is unlawful for any person to knowingly make a false complaint, or after notice of a criminal investigation to give false information to any law enforcement officer concerning the alleged commission of any crime by another, or for any person to knowingly give false information to any rescue squad or fire department concerning the alleged occurance of a health emergency or fire.
(B) Any person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed two hundred dollars or by a term of imprisonment not to exceed thirty days."
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.