Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 39: Criminal Offenses

Chapter 14: Offenses Against Property

Part 1: Theft

TCA 39-14-104: Theft of services.

(a) A person commits theft of services who:

(1) Intentionally obtains services by deception, fraud, coercion, forgery, false statement, false pretense or any other means to avoid payment for the services;

(2) Having control over the disposition of services to others, knowingly diverts those services to the person's own benefit or to the benefit of another not entitled thereto; or

(3) Knowingly absconds from establishments where compensation for services is ordinarily paid immediately upon the rendering of them, including, but not limited to, hotels, motels and restaurants, without payment or a bona fide offer to pay.

(b) Any individual directly or indirectly harmed by a violation of subsection (a) shall have legal standing to report such violations to law enforcement and testify in support of corresponding criminal charges.

History: cts 1989, ch. 591, § 1; 2011, ch. 348, § 2.