A.   It is unlawful for a person, with intent to defraud a person, firm or corporation, to obtain or to attempt to obtain any telecommunications service without paying the lawful charge, in whole or in part, by any of the following means: 

(1)   charging the service to an existing telephone number or credit card number without the authority of the subscriber or the legitimate holder; 

(2)   charging the service to a nonexistent, false, fictitious or counterfeit telephone number or credit card number or to a suspended, terminated, expired, canceled or revoked telephone number or credit card number; 

(3)   rearranging, tampering with or making electrical, acoustical, induction or other connection with any facilities or equipment; 

(4)   using a code, prearranged scheme or other strategem or device whereby the person in effect sends or receives information; or 

(5)   using any other contrivance, device or means to avoid payment of the lawful charges, in whole or in part, for the service. 

Terms Used In New Mexico Statutes 30-33-13

  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
B.   This section shall apply when the telecommunications service either originates or terminates, or both, in this state or when charges for the service would have been billable in normal course by the public utility providing the service in this state but for the fact that the service was obtained or attempted to be obtained by one or more of the means set forth in this section. 

C.   Whoever violates this section when the charges for the telecommunications service obtained or attempted to be obtained are two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or less is guilty of a petty misdemeanor

D.   Whoever violates this section when the charges for the telecommunications service obtained or attempted to be obtained are more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) but not more than five hundred dollars ($500) is guilty of a misdemeanor. 

E.   Whoever violates this section when the charges for the telecommunications service obtained or attempted to be obtained are more than five hundred dollars ($500) but not more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) is guilty of fourth degree felony

F.   Whoever violates this section when the charges for the telecommunications service obtained or attempted to be obtained are more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) but not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) is guilty of a third degree felony. 

G.   Whoever violates this section when the charges for the telecommunications service obtained or attempted to be obtained exceed twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) is guilty of a second degree felony. 

H.   It is unlawful for a person under circumstances evidencing an intent to use or employ any instrument, apparatus, equipment or device described in Paragraph (1) of this subsection or to allow the same to be used or employed for the purpose described in Paragraph (1) of this subsection or knowing or having reason to believe that the same is intended to be so used or that the plans and instructions described in Paragraph (2) of this subsection are intended to be used for making or assembling the instrument, apparatus, equipment or device: 

(1)   to make or possess any instrument, apparatus, equipment or device designed, adapted or that can be used either: 

(a)   to obtain telecommunications service in violation of this section; or 

(b)   to conceal or to assist another to conceal from any supplier of telecommunications service or from any lawful authority the existence or place of origin or of destination of any telecommunications service; or 

(2)   to sell, give or otherwise transfer to another or to offer or advertise for sale any instrument, apparatus, equipment or device described in Paragraph (1) of this subsection or plans or instructions for making or assembling the same. 

I.   Whoever violates Subsection H of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, unless the person has previously been convicted of the crime or of an offense under the laws of another state or of the United States that would have been an offense under Subsection H of this section if committed in this state, in which case the person is guilty of a fourth degree felony.

History: 1953 Comp., § 40-21-50, enacted by Laws 1963, ch. 49, § 2; 1967, ch. 134, § 2; 1987, ch. 121, § 11; 2006, ch. 29, § 17.