T.P.I. -- CRIM. 24.01


Any person who commits the offense of criminal impersonation is guilty of a crime.

For you to find the defendant guilty of this offense, the state must have proven beyond a reasonable doubt the existence of the following essential elements:1

(1)(a) that the defendant assumed a false identity;


(b) that the defendant pretended to be a representative of some

person or organization;


(c) that the defendant pretended to be an officer or employee of the



(d) that the defendant pretended to have a handicap or disability;


(2) that the defendant intended to injure or defraud another person.

"Fraud" is defined as the term is used in normal conversation and includes, but is not limited to, deceit, trickery, misrepresentation and subterfuge.2

["Government" means the state or any political subdivision thereof, and includes any branch or agency of the state, a county, municipality or other political subdivision.]3

"Intentionally" means that a person acts intentionally with respect to the nature of the conduct or to a result of the conduct when it is the person's conscious objective or desire to engage in the conduct or cause the result.4


1. Tenn. Code Ann. 39-16-301(a).

2. Tenn. Code Ann. 39-11-106(a)(13).

3. Tenn. Code Ann. 39-11-106(a)(14).

4. Tenn. Code Ann. 39-11-106(a)(18).


1. Criminal impersonation is a Class B misdemeanor. Tenn. Code Ann.