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609.65 FALSE CERTIFICATION BY NOTARY PUBLIC.
Whoever, when acting or purporting to act as a notary public or other public officer, certifies
falsely that an instrument has been acknowledged or that any other act was performed by a party
appearing before the actor or that as such notary public or other public officer the actor performed
any other official act may be sentenced as follows:
(1) if the actor so certifies with intent to injure or defraud, to imprisonment for not more than
three years or to payment of a fine of not more than $5,000, or both; or
(2) in any other case, to imprisonment for not more than 90 days or to payment of a fine
of not more than $1,000, or both.
History: 1963 c 753 art 1 s 609.65; 1971 c 23 s 64; 1984 c 628 art 3 s 11; 1986 c 444;
2004 c 228 art 1 s 72