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Bill Number: 2541 Ratification Number: 541 Act Number 485 Introducing Body: House Subject: Unlawful failure to return video or cassette tape
(A485, R541, H2541)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 16-13-425 SO AS TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL TO WILFULLY AND FRAUDULENTLY FAIL TO RETURN A VIDEO OR CASSETTE TAPE TO THE OWNER WITHIN SEVENTY-TWO HOURS AFTER A LEASE OR RENTAL AGREEMENT THEREON HAS EXPIRED, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON COMMITTING THIS VIOLATION IS GUILTY OF PETIT LARCENY IF THE ORIGINAL DOLLAR AMOUNT OF THE LEASE OR RENTAL AGREEMENT IS TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS OR LESS AND IS GUILTY OF GRAND LARCENY IF THE ORIGINAL DOLLAR AMOUNT OF THE LEASE OR RETAIL AGREEMENT IS MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Unlawful failure to return video or cassette tape
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 16-13-425. Any person having a video or cassette tape in his possession or under his control by virtue of a lease or rental agreement, the original dollar amount of which is two hundred dollars or less, who wilfully and fraudulently fails to return the video or cassette tape within seventy-two hours after the lease or rental agreement has expired, or who fraudulently secretes or appropriates this property to any use or purpose not within the due and lawful execution of his lease or rental agreement is guilty of petit larceny which is also triable and punishable as such.
Where the original dollar amount of the video or cassette tape lease or rental agreement is more than two hundred dollars, the person committing this offense is guilty of grand larceny which is triable and punishable as such."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.