Financial Transaction Card Theft is the forgery crime we do the second most consults for in our office. It generally involves someone who takes the debit or credit card or the information on the debit/credit card of another with the plan to use that information later for their own benefit or to give or sell that information to another. Financial Transaction Card Theft is defined in O.C.G.A.16-9-31.

What is Financial Card Theft?

Financial Transaction Card Theft in Georgia occurs when:

A person takes, obtains, or withholds a financial transaction card from the person, possession, custody, or control of another without the cardholder’s consent; or who, with knowledge that it has been so taken, obtained, or withheld, receives the financial transaction card with intent to use it or to sell it or to transfer it to a person other than the issuer or the cardholder;

  • A person receives a financial transaction card that he knows to have been lost, mislaid, or delivered under a mistake as to the identity or address of the cardholder and he retains possession with intent to use it or sell it or to transfer it to a person other than the issuer or the cardholder;
  • A person, not being the issuer,sells a financial transaction card or buys a financial transaction card from aperson other than the issuer; or
  • A person not being the issuer,during any 12 month period receives two or more financial transaction cards inthe names of persons which he has reason to know were taken or retained undercircumstances which constitute a violation of theft by taking or financial cardtransaction theft.

What’s the Punishment? 

Financial Transaction Card Theft in Georgia is a felony punishable by at least one year imprisonment with a maximum punishment of three years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

Call us today

If you’ve been charged with financial card transaction theft in Georgia it is important that you contact an attorney immediately to go over potential defenses in your case. Our team of six attorneys is experienced in defending these cases and are available today for a free consultation. Please call us at 404-581-0999 to schedule a consultation today.

by Ryan Walsh