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Preparatory Acts to Tampering With Official Identity Documents in Germany

Provisions relating to preparatory acts to tampering with official identity documents in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Twenty-three, under the heading “Forgery,” located in Section 275 Preparatory acts to tampering with official identity documents, which reads: (1) Whosoever prepares for counterfeiting of official identity documents by producing, procuring for himself or another, offering for sale, storing, supplying to another, or undertaking to import or export plates, frames, type, blocks, negatives, stencils or similar equipment which by its nature is suited to the commission of the offence or 1. paper, which is identical to the type of paper or can be easily confused with paper which is used in the production of official identity documents and is especially protected against imitation or 2. blank forms for official 3. identity documents, shall be liable to imprisonment of not more than two years or a fine. (2) If the offender acts on a commercial basis or as a member of a gang whose purpose is the continued commission of offences under subsection (1) above the penalty shall be imprisonment from three months to five years. (3) Section 149 (2) and (3) shall apply mutatis mutandis.



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to preparatory acts to tampering with official identity documents is current as of 2010

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