609.7475 FRAUDULENT OR OTHERWISE IMPROPER FINANCING STATEMENTS.
Subdivision 1. Definition.
As used in this section, "record" has the meaning given in section
Subd. 2. Crime described.
A person who:
(1) knowingly causes to be presented for filing or promotes the filing of a record that:
(i) is not:
(A) related to a valid lien or security agreement; or
(B) filed pursuant to section
(ii) contains a forged signature or is based upon a document containing a forged signature; or
(2) presents for filing or causes to be presented for filing a record with the intent that it be
used to harass or defraud any other person;
is guilty of a crime and may be sentenced as provided in subdivision 3.
Subd. 3. Penalties.
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a person who violates
subdivision 2 is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
(b) A person who violates subdivision 2 is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to
imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000,
or both, if the person:
(1) commits the offense with intent to influence or otherwise tamper with a juror or a judicial
proceeding or with intent to retaliate against a judicial officer, as defined in section
a prosecutor, defense attorney, or officer of the court, because of that person's performance of
official duties in connection with a judicial proceeding; or
(2) commits the offense after having been previously convicted of a violation of this section.
Subd. 4. Venue.
A violation of this section may be prosecuted in either the county of
residence of the individual listed as debtor or the county in which the filing is made.
History: 2006 c 260 art 7 s 13