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Rigging Publicly Exhibited Contest

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

Misdemeanor A

  • Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year

  • Fine not to exceed $4,000

  • Both such fine and confinement