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Title XXXVIII
BANKS AND BANKING
Chapter 655
FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS GENERALLY
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F.S. 655.0322
655.0322 Prohibited acts and practices; criminal penalties.
(1) As used in this section, the term “financial institution” means a financial institution as defined in s. 655.005 or other business entity as defined by the commission by rule, whether organized under the laws of this state, the laws of another state, or the laws of the United States, which is located in this state.
(2) A financial institution-affiliated party may not ask for, or willfully and knowingly receive or consent to receive for himself or herself or any related interest, a commission, emolument, gratuity, money, property, or thing of value for:
(a) Procuring, or endeavoring to procure, for any person a loan or extension of credit from such financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation; or
(b) Procuring, or endeavoring to procure, the purchase or discount of any note, draft, check, bill of exchange, or other obligation by such financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation.

Any person who violates this subsection commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(3) A financial institution-affiliated party may not:
(a) Knowingly receive or possess any of such financial institution’s property other than in payment of a just demand, or, with intent to deceive or defraud, to omit to make or cause to be made a full and true entry thereof in the financial institution’s books and accounts, or concur in omitting to make any material entry thereof;
(b) Embezzle, abstract, or misapply any money, property, or thing of value of such financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation with intent to deceive or defraud the financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation;
(c) Knowingly make, draw, issue, put forth, or assign any certificate of deposit, draft, order, bill of exchange, acceptance, note, debenture, bond or other obligation, mortgage, judgment, or decree without authority from the board of directors of such financial institution;
(d) Make a false entry in any book, report, or statement of such financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation with intent to deceive or defraud the financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation, or another person, firm, or corporation, or with intent to deceive the office, any other appropriate federal or state regulatory agency, or an authorized representative appointed to examine the affairs of the financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation; or
(e) Deliver or disclose to the office or its employees any application, examination report, report of condition, report of income and dividends, internal audit, account, statement, or other document known by him or her to be fraudulent or false as to any material matter.

Any person who violates this subsection commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(4) A financial institution-affiliated party may not knowingly place among the assets of such financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation any note, obligation, or security that the financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation does not own or that, to the party’s knowledge, is fraudulent or otherwise worthless or for the financial institution-affiliated party to represent to the office that any note, obligation, or security carried as an asset of such financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation is the property of the financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation and is genuine if it is known to such party that such representation is false or that the note, obligation, or security is fraudulent or otherwise worthless. Any person who violates this subsection commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(5) Any person who willfully makes a false statement or report, or willfully overvalues any land, property, or security, for the purposes of influencing in any way the action of a financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation or any other entity authorized by law to extend credit, upon an application, advance, discount, purchase, purchase agreement, repurchase agreement, commitment, or loan, or any change or extension of the same, by renewal, deferment of action or otherwise, or the acceptance, release, or substitution of security therefor, commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(6) Any person who knowingly executes, or attempts to execute, a scheme or artifice to defraud a financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, or service corporation or any other entity authorized by law to extend credit, or to obtain the moneys, funds, credits, assets, securities, or other property owned by, or under the custody or control of, a financial institution, affiliate, subsidiary, service corporation, or other entity authorized by law to extend credit, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
History.s. 14, ch. 92-303; s. 3, ch. 97-30; s. 521, ch. 97-102; s. 1707, ch. 2003-261; s. 6, ch. 2004-340; s. 89, ch. 2004-390; s. 3, ch. 2014-91.