Penalties For Rigging Publicly Exhibited Contest (N.J.S.A. 2C:21-11)
Those who subvert a contest through bribery or other consideration, threaten those who are presenting the contest, tamper with people, animals, or things related to the contest, or, as a contest organizer, if you accept or solicit any benefit to subvert the contest, you can be charged based on the value of the benefit.
Where the benefit is less than $1,000, you’ll face a fourth degree charge and the possibility of an 18 month sentence and a $10,000 fine.
When the benefit is less than $75,000, you’ll face a third degree charge and risk three to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
When the benefit is more than $75,000, you’ll be charged with second degree crime and face a five to 10 year sentence and a fine of $150,000.
You can also be charged with a fourth degree crime if you knowingly participate in a rigged contest.
This applies to those who act as sponsors, judges, and producers.
If you fail to report a solicitation for rigging a contest, you can be charged with a disorderly person offense, with a maximum penalty of six months and a fine of $1,000.
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