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The difference between personation & lying about yourself


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Oct 3, 2015
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It is my understanding that False Personation Law cares about you impersonating to be some other specific individual & taking a profit with such impersonation. If you are just lying about yourself like your job or ethnicity, that doesn't count as impersonation but just about lying about yourself, which is legal.

2005 Connecticut Code - Sec. 53a-130. Criminal impersonation: Class B misdemeanor.
"Sec. 53a-130. Criminal impersonation: Class B misdemeanor. (a) A person is guilty of criminal impersonation when he: (1) Impersonates another and does an act in such assumed character with intent to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another; or (2) pretends to be a representative of some person or organization and does an act in such pretended capacity with intent to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another; or (3) pretends to be a public servant other than a sworn member of an organized local police department or the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety, or wears or displays without authority any uniform, badge or shield by which such public servant is lawfully distinguished, with intent to induce another to submit to such pretended official authority or otherwise to act in reliance upon that pretense."

'Online Impersonation' is a Crime in Texas
"commits an offense if the person, without obtaining the other person's consent and with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten any person, uses the name or persona of another person"

So, these laws are about you pretending to be some other specific individual, not about you lying about yourself like ethnicity or job.

Also, when lying about yourself about your job, if lying to be a government staff, that seems to be illegal but only if you actually take a profit with it & had an intention to do so. Also, the listeners confusing to be a government staff due to vocabulary or verbal issue doesn't count. As for lying about yourself with other jobs or other things like ethnicity, legal.

Freedom of Speech Includes Some Kinds of Lies
"the Supreme Court finds that it is constitutional to lie about yourself.
The case centered on Xavier Alvarez, a water-district board member in California, who was convicted of falsely claiming to be a Medal of Honor recipient. A federal appeals court threw out the conviction, finding that the First Amendment didn’t envision a “powerful government” policing everyone’s speech for “worthless, offensive, and demonstrable untruths.”"

Anything to add for more information?


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Oct 12, 2009
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Might want to consider honesty is the best policy.

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