Fraudulent Destruction, Removal, or Concealment of Writing
Chapter 32 of the Texas Penal Code defines offenses relating to fraud.
“Fraudulent Destruction, Removal, or Concealment of Writing, as per § 32.47 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person, with intent to defraud or harm another, he destroys, removes, conceals, alters, substitutes, or otherwise impairs the verity, legibility, or availability of a writing, other than a governmental record.
An offense under this section is a state jail felony if the writing:
- is a will or codicil of another, whether or not the maker is alive or dead and whether or not it has been admitted to probate; or
- is a deed, mortgage, deed of trust, security instrument, security agreement, or other writing for which the law provides public recording or filing, whether or not the writing has been acknowledged.
State Jail Felony
- Confinement in a state jail for not more than two years and not less than 180 days
- In addition to confinement, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000