“In Florida, if you remove, erase, deface or alter in any other way any identification marks made by the true owner of personal property or serial number placed on said property by the manufacturer, you may be found guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. To be convicted, you must have intended to prevent identification of the personal property by its rightful owner.”
If you possess personal property that you know has marks or serial numbers that have been altered, erased, defaced or removed to prevent identification by the rightful owner, you may be found guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. The marks include serial numbers placed on such property by the manufacturer.
A first degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year of incarceration and/or up to a $1,000 fine.
Florida Statute 817.235 Personal property; removing or altering identification marks