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Passed House amended (09/25/1996)

Telemarketing Fraud Punishment and Prevention Act of 1996 - Amends the Federal criminal code to direct the court, in sentencing for telemarketing fraud, to order that the defendant forfeit to the United States any property: (1) used or intended to be used to commit or to promote the commission of such offense; and (2) constituting, derived from, or traceable to the gross receipts that the defendant obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the offense.

(Sec. 3) Directs the United States Sentencing Commission to amend the sentencing guidelines to: (1) provide a sentencing enhancement for specified telemarketing fraud offenses by at least four levels (at least eight levels for telemarketing offenses that target persons over age 55); and (2) increase the offense level for any fraud offense by at least two levels if the defendant conducted activities to further the fraud from a foreign country.

(Sec. 5) Requires the court to order restitution for specified telemarketing fraud offenses for which an enhanced penalty is provided. (Current law requires the court to order restitution for any such offense.)

(Sec. 6) Applies penalty enhancement provisions for telemarketing fraud offenses to conspiracy to commit such offenses.