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"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 2449: Wireless Prepaid Access Device Enforcement Act of 2009

Official Title

A bill to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit fraud and related activity in connection with purchases of certain wireless prepaid access devices.


This bill would prohibit the purchase and, ambiguously, “handl[ing]” of prepaid wireless devices, such as cell phones, for the purpose of modifying the devices to work on networks other than those for which the devices were sold. It would also prohibit the unauthorized resale or redistribution outside of the United States of prepaid wireless devices “sold to be used on a wireless network within the United States,” whether or not they have been modified. Violations would be punishable by criminal fines, imprisonment of up to 10 years, and the forfeiture of property related to the offense.

Legislation Details

Weiner (D - NY)


06/12/2009: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
05/14/2009: Referred to House Judiciary Committee
05/14/2009: Introduced