Category Archives: False Statements

Jackson, Mississippi criminal defense lawyer discusses the crime of false statements.

Jackson, Mississippi Criminal Lawyer Explains False Statements to Obtain Credit Cards

Mississippi criminal law prohibits making false statements to obtain a credit card.  Mississippi Code Section 97-19-11 makes it illegal to “directly or indirectly” makes a “false statement in writing with intent that it be relied upon with respect to his identity or that of any other person, firm or corporation.”

In Mississippi, providing false information to obtain a credit card is a misdemeanor.  If convicted of this crime, a person is facing a sentence of six (6) months in jail and a fine of $1,000.00.

Mississippi limits this statute to false statements regarding identity.  This law was obviously enacted in response to the related crime of identity theft.  Other statements one might falsify on a credit card application, such as income, do not fall under this statute.  However, lying about such other matters to obtain a credit card may be illegal under other state and federal criminal statutes.

There are defenses to the charge of making false statements to obtain credit cards in Mississippi.  If you have been arrested for this crime or other fraud-related offenses, please contact Jackson, Mississippi criminal defense lawyer Curt Crowley at 601.944.1984 to discuss your case.  As always, there is no cost for an initial consultation.

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Mississippi Criminal Defense Lawyer Discusses Balloon Boy: Honest Mistake or Criminal False Reporting?

By now, we’ve all heard about Falcon Heene, the six-year old Colorado boy who was reported to have been onboard a runaway hot-air balloon.  As it turns out, the only hot-air in this story was coming from the boy’s father, Richard Heene.

Initial press reports indicated that young Falcon was onboard the balloon, alone, and was floating aimlessly through the air.  That report set off a massive search-and-rescue operation.  The balloon was eventually found–empty.  Instead of being on the balloon, Falcon was allegedly found “hiding” in the family’s garage.  He came out, almost as if on cue, when he heard his name being called. 

All’s well that ends well, right?  Not exactly.  According to FoxNews,

During a live interview on CNN Thursday night, Falcon said he heard his family calling his name as he hid in the rafters of their garage. At the time, there was a frantic effort to bring down the balloon safely.

Falcon’s father asked, “Why didn’t you come out?” The boy answered, “You had said we did this for a show.”

Later, Richard Heene bristled when the family was asked to clarify and said he didn’t know what his son meant. He didn’t ask his son what he meant by “a show.”

Kids say the darndest things, huh?

Richard Heene, a two-time “star” of ABC reality-show “Wife Swap,” has no verifiable employment (his occupation is “Storm Chaser”), and is reported to have money problems.  A picture is emerging of a man who desperately wants to be famous for nothing, and may be willing to create a hoax like this one to get publicity.  The Larimer County Sheriff’s Department is none-too-happy about Falcon’s statement, and will probably launch a criminal investigation.

Rather than fame, Heene may find infamy.  And he’s likely going to end up being charged with criminal false reporting or a similar crime.  Looks like he is going to find out, the hard way, that lying to the police is a bad idea.

Curt Crowley, Jackson, MS Criminal Defense Lawyer