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Joey offers to sell Melissa the latest version of a popular gaming system for only $25 cash, although in the store it generally costs over $200. The deal seems too good to be true, and Melissa assumes that the gaming system is stolen. If Melissa purchases the item, is she guilty of receiving stolen property? What if Joey tells Melissa that the gaming system "fell off the back of a truck"? Does that change Melissa's potential liability? Why or why not?
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It is a crime for a person to receive stolen property, even if that person did not actually steal the property. Most states do not require proof that the defendant knew the property was stolen. Knowledge is often inferred, but some states, such as Texas, require proof that the defendant knew the property was stolen. It would depend on the state whether or not she can be held liable. Finally, the crime of receiving stolen property is usually treated as a misdemeanor.
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