Posts Tagged ‘18 USC 1036’

Entering a Federal Building under False pretenses…..

February 1, 2010

This article from Big Government has gotten me thinking….

The article is called Possible O’Keefe Explanation: He was an ACORN ‘Secret Shopper’.  The part that really intrigues me is the brief description of a Law that was allegedly broken.  It states:

The relevant portion is 18USC § 1036 , which states:

Whoever, by any fraud or false pretense, enters or attempts to enter—
(1) any real property belonging in whole or in part to, or leased by, the
United States;(bold is mine)

shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) The punishment for an offense under subsection (a) of this section is—
(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or
both, if the offense is committed with the intent to commit a felony; or
(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or
both, in any other case.

Now follow along with my thinking.  If anyone enters, or attempts to enter, a Federal Building (i.e. the White House, the Senate Building, The House of Representatives, etc.) under false pretenses, or fraud, they are breaking this law

Does this mean, say for instance, if an elected official enters a federal building in order to help themselves and their friends, instead of the people they represent, that they are breaking the law.  Or, if someone were to lie in order to get elected, and then enters a federal building, where they break their “promises”, that they are breaking the law.  Or, if someone were to cheat on their taxes while being paid in one of these federal buildings, they are breaking this law as well.

I’m just askin’….