609.2336 DECEPTIVE OR UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES; ELDERLY OR DISABLED
Subdivision 1. Definitions.
As used in this section:
(1) "charitable solicitation law violation" means a violation of sections
(2) "consumer fraud law violation" means a violation of sections
(3) "deceptive trade practices law violation" means a violation of sections
(4) "false advertising law violation" means a violation of section
(5) "disabled person" means a person who has an impairment of physical or mental function
or emotional status that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
(6) "major life activities" means functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual
tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working; and
(7) "senior citizen" means a person who is 65 years of age or older.
Subd. 2. Crime.
It is a gross misdemeanor for any person to commit a charitable solicitation
law violation, a consumer fraud law violation, a deceptive trade practices law violation, or a false
advertising law violation if the person knows or has reason to know that the person's conduct:
(1) is directed at one or more disabled persons or senior citizens; and
(2) will cause or is likely to cause a disabled person or a senior citizen to suffer loss or
encumbrance of a primary residence, principal employment or other major source of income,
substantial loss of property set aside for retirement or for personal or family care and maintenance,
substantial loss of pension, retirement plan, or government benefits, or substantial loss of other
assets essential to the victim's health or welfare.
Subd. 3. Prosecutorial jurisdiction.
The attorney general has statewide jurisdiction
to prosecute violations of this section. This jurisdiction is concurrent with that of the local
prosecuting authority responsible for prosecuting gross misdemeanors in the place where the
violation was committed.
History: 1997 c 239 art 3 s 12; 2005 c 56 s 1