Opening or procuring telegraphic message addressed to another
- • civil liability
(1) Any person, not connected with any telegraph office, who, without the authority or consent of the person to whom the envelope is directed, willfully or unlawfully opens any sealed envelope enclosing a telegraphic message and addressed to any other person, with the intent to learn the contents of the message, or who fraudulently represents any other person, and thereby procures to be delivered to the person any telegraphic message, addressed to such other person, with the intent to use, destroy or detain the message from the person entitled to receive it, shall be punished upon conviction by a fine not to exceed $1,000, or imprisonment not to exceed one year, or both.
(2) Any person violating this section is liable in treble damages to the party injured for all loss and damage sustained by reason of such wrongful act.
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