Buying or Receiving Stolen Property
Section 60 of Chapter 266 of the Massachusetts General Laws criminalizes the act of buying or receiving stolen property. It provides that anyone who buys, receives or aids in the concealment of stolen or embezzled property, knowing it to have been stolen or embezzled, or whoever with intent to defraud buys, receives or aids in the concealment of property knowing it to have been obtained from a person by a false pretense of carrying on business and dealing in the ordinary course of trade shall be in violation of the law. If the value of the property does not exceed $250, (misdemeanor buying or receiving stolen property) a conviction for a first time offense will result in the following penalties:
- Imprisonment in jail or house of correction for not more than 2.5 years, or
- A fine of not more than $250.
- Imprisonment in the state prison for no more than 5 years, or
- Imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for no more than 2.5 years, or
- A fine of not more than $500.
BUYING OR SELLING STOLEN TRADE SECRETS
In addition, MGL c. 266, s. 60A provides that anyone who buys, receives, conceals, stores, barters, sells or disposes of any trade secret which he or she knows to have been stolen, unlawfully converted, or taken shall be in violation of the law (felony offense). A conviction under this subsection shall result in the following penalties:
- Imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or
- A fine of not more than $500 and imprisonment in jail for not more than 2 years.
If the offender is convicted more than once of buying, receiving or aiding in the concealment of stolen or embezzled property knowing it to have been stolen or embezzled, or they are convicted of three or more separate acts of buying, receiving or aiding in the concealment of money, goods or property stolen or embezzled, they shall be considered a common receiver of stolen or embezzled goods and shall be held in violation of MGL c. 266, s. 62. A defendant convicted under this law which is a felony offense shall be punished in the state prison for no more than 10 years.
EFFECTS OF RESTITUTION
If, upon a first conviction for buying or receiving stolen property, it is shown that the act of stealing the property was a simple larceny (under $250), and if the person convicted makes restitution to the person injured to the full value of the property stolen, then the offender shall not be imprisoned in the state prison.
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