Rigging Publicly Exhibited Contest
Chapter 32 of the Texas Penal Code defines offenses relating to fraud.
“Rigging Publicly Exhibited Contest”, as per § 32.44 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person, with intent to affect the outcome (including the score) of a publicly exhibited contest:
(1) he offers, confers, or agrees to confer any benefit on, or threatens harm to:
A. a participant in the contest to induce him not to use his best efforts; or
B. an official or other person associated with the contest; or
(2) he tampers with a person, animal, or thing in a manner contrary to the rules of the contest.
An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
Severity of Crime
Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year
Fine not to exceed $4,000
Both such fine and confinement