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7 Curtis S. Bramble
8 Allen M. Christensen
9 Thomas V. HatchParley G. Hellewell
John W. Hickman
Ed MayneDarin G. Peterson
Howard A. Stephenson
David L. Thomas 10
11 LONG TITLE
12 General Description:
13 This bill amends Title 76, Chapter 6a, Pyramid Scheme Act.
14 Highlighted Provisions:
15 This bill:
16 . defines "compensation" to exclude commissions earned for the sale of goods or
17 services for actual consumption;
18 . makes participation in a pyramid scheme only by receiving compensation for
19 recruiting another person a class B misdemeanor; and
20 . makes technical changes.
21 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 76-6a-2, as enacted by Chapter 89, Laws of Utah 1983
28 76-6a-3, as enacted by Chapter 89, Laws of Utah 1983
29 76-6a-4, as last amended by Chapter 38, Laws of Utah 1993
31 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
32 Section 1. Section 76-6a-2 is amended to read:
33 76-6a-2. Definitions.
34 As used in this chapter:
36 or other real or personal property, tangible or intangible.
37 (b) "Compensation" does not include payment based on the sale of goods or services to
38 anyone purchasing the goods or services for actual use or consumption.
40 and materials furnished at cost for use in making sales and not for resale, or time or effort spent
41 in selling or recruiting activities.
42 (3) "Person" includes a business trust, estate, trust, joint venture, or any other legal or
43 commercial entity.
44 (4) "Pyramid scheme" means any sales device or plan under which a person gives
45 consideration to another person in exchange for compensation or the right to receive
46 compensation which is derived primarily from the introduction of other persons into the sales
47 device or plan rather than from the sale of goods, services, or other property.
48 Section 2. Section 76-6a-3 is amended to read:
49 76-6a-3. Schemes prohibited -- Violation as deceptive consumer sales practice --
50 Prosecution of civil violations.
51 (1) A person may not participate in, organize, establish, promote, or administer any
52 pyramid scheme.
53 (2) A criminal conviction under this chapter is prima facie evidence of a violation of
54 Section 13-11-4 , the Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act.
55 (3) Any violation of this chapter constitutes a violation of Section 13-11-4 , the Utah
56 Consumer Sales Practices Act.
57 (4) All civil violations of this chapter shall be investigated and prosecuted as
58 prescribed by the Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act.
59 Section 3. Section 76-6a-4 is amended to read:
60 76-6a-4. Operation as felony -- Investigation -- Prosecution.
61 (1) Any person who knowingly organizes, establishes, promotes, or administers a
62 pyramid scheme is guilty of a third degree felony.
63 (2) Any person who participates in a pyramid scheme only by receiving compensation
64 for the introduction of other persons into the pyramid scheme rather than from the sale of
65 goods, services, or other property is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
67 for investigating and prosecuting criminal violations of this chapter.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-26-06 12:16 PM
Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.