Albany, N.Y. – 03/26/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, today passed legislation (S3886) that will increase the penalties for each degree of credit card fraud for those who solicit or provide support for an act of terrorism.
“This legislation will serve as a strong message to criminals providing support to terrorists by increasing the penalties for each degree of credit card fraud, New York State will show its serious commitment to cutting the purse of those that seek to harm us,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This legislation hits terrorists organization’s underbelly by taking more serious action against their fundraising abilities. As legislator’s, we must adapt the law to the ways in which these terrorists are raising money.”
On April 8, 2011, as Chairman of the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military affairs, Senator Greg Ball held a hearing on the opportunities to improve New York State’s Homeland Security Operations and how far New York State has come since September 11, 2001.
One of the primary issues that was addressed during the hearing was the ability for terrorist organizations to obtain funds through credit card fraud and money laundering. Another startling conclusion made was the lack of enforcement and lean penalties when criminals were charged.
This legislation increases the penalties for soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the first, second and third degree.
- First degree, defined as a person who commits the crime of soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism or the total value of material support or resources exceeds fives thousand dollars, would be increased to a class B felony;
- Second degree, defined as a person who commits soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism and the total value of material support or resources is in any amount and the soliciting or providing involves the use of a credit card, would be increased to a class C felony;
- Third degree, defined as a person who has intent that material support or resources will be used, in whole or in part, to plan, prepare, carry out or aid in either an act of terrorism or the concealment of, or an escape from, an act of terrorism, he or she raises, solicits, collects or provides material support or resources, would be increased to a class D felony.
The bill was sent to the Assembly.
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