Fencing, (2C:20-7.1)

2C:20-7.1.  Fencing
a.  Possession of altered property.    Any dealer in property who knew or  should have known that the identifying features such as serial numbers and permanently affixed labels of property in his possession have been removed or altered without the consent of the manufacturer is guilty of possession of altered property.  It is a defense to a prosecution under this subsection that a person lawfully possesses the usual indicia of ownership in addition to mere possession.

b.  Dealing in stolen property.    A person is guilty of dealing in stolen  property if he traffics in, or initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs,  manages or supervises trafficking in stolen property.

c.    The value of the property involved in the violation of this section  shall be determined by the trier of fact.  The value of the property involved  in the violation of this section may be aggregated in determining the grade of  the offense where the acts or conduct constituting a violation were committed  pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct, whether from the same person or  several persons.

d.    It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that the actor:

(1) Was unaware that the property or service was that of another;

(2) Acted under an honest claim of right to the property or service involved  or that he had a right to acquire or dispose of it as he did.

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