Whoever, for the purpose of conducting, promoting, or carrying on by means of the Postal Service, any scheme or device mentioned in sectionof this title or any other unlawful business, uses or assumes, or requests to be addressed by, any fictitious, false, or assumed title, name, or address or name other than his own proper name, or takes or receives from any post office or authorized depository of mail matter, any letter, postal card, package, or other mail matter addressed to any such fictitious, false, or assumed title, name, or address, or name other than his own proper name, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
18 U.S.C. § 1342
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., §339 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch. 321, §216, 35 Stat. 1131).The punishment language used in sectionof this title was substituted in lieu of the reference to it in this section.Minor changes in phraseology were made.
AMENDMENTS1994- Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for "fined not more than $1,000". 1970- Pub. L. 91-375 substituted "Postal Service" for "Post Office Department of the United States".
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1970 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 91-375 effective within 1 year after Aug. 12, 1970, on date established therefor by Board of Governors of United States Postal Service and published by it in Federal Register, see section 15(a) of Pub. L. 91-375 set out as an Effective Date note preceding sectionof Title 39, Postal Service.