Although Penal Code 529 PC California’s False Personation Law…more commonly referred to as false impersonation…may not sound like a major crime, it is. As a California fraud offense, it subjects you to a wide variety of penalties…years in the California state prison, substantial fines, and professional discipline, just to name a few.
You violate California’s false personation law when you impersonate another person to either 1) harm that individual, or 2) gain a personal benefit.
Depending on how you commit this offense, you also subject yourself to prosecution for identity theft, petty or grand theft, and even cyberstalking. So before you commit this offense…believing that it’s a relatively harmless crime…consider what you risk.