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Overcriminalization

"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

HR 1667: War Profiteering Prevention Act of 2009

Official Title

A bill to prohibit profiteering and fraud relating to military action, relief and reconstruction efforts, and for other purposes.

Analysis

This bill, based on H.R. 400 in the 110th Congress, would prohibit schemes to defraud the United States, including those to “materially overvalue[] any good with the intent to defraud the United States,” in connection with contracts to provide goods or services to the United States for overseas missions. Violations would be punishable by criminal fines of up to $1 million and imprisonment of up to 20 years. The bill would also prohibit, in connection with such contracts, falsification or concealment of material facts, fraudulent representations, and the submission of false writings with knowledge that the writing is materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent. Violations would be punishable by criminal fines of up to $1 million and imprisonment of up to 10 years. Further, the statute would assert extraterritorial jurisdiction over these offenses.

Legislation Details
SPONSOR

Abercrombie (D - HI)

STATUS:

04/01/2009: Hearing Held by House Judiciary Committee
03/23/2009: Referred to House Judiciary Committee