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H.B. 95






Chief Sponsor: Karen W. Morgan

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill prohibits a person from knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly forging,
             11      counterfeiting, altering, or falsely making or providing a document that unlawfully
             12      establishes legal status.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    prohibits a person or entity from forging, counterfeiting, altering, or falsely making
             16      or providing a document to unlawfully establish legal status and subjects a violator
             17      to a civil penalty of up to $75,000;
             18          .    provides that the Office of the Attorney General may bring a civil action against an
             19      individual who makes or provides a fraudulent document to unlawfully establish
             20      legal status; and
             21          .    provides that money collected in the civil action by the Office of the Attorney
             22      General shall be deposited in the Attorney General Litigation Fund to be used first
             23      for costs incurred in bringing these civil actions and then to be applied to individual
             24      victims.
             25      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:

             28          None
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             30      AMENDS:
             31          76-10-922, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapters 256, and 328
             32      ENACTS:
             33          67-5-26, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 67-5-26 is enacted to read:
             37          67-5-26. Document fraud -- Penalties.
             38          (1) As used in this section, "intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly" means the same
             39      as defined in Section 76-2-103 .
             40          (2) A person or entity may not knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly forge,
             41      counterfeit, alter, or falsely make or provide a document listed in 8 C.F.R. 274a.2(b)(1)(v) for
             42      the purpose of unlawfully establishing legal status.
             43          (3) (a) A person or entity that violates Subsection (2) is subject to a civil penalty of up
             44      to $75,000 recoverable, with attorney fees and costs, in a civil action that may be brought by
             45      the Office of the Attorney General for each document subject to the violation.
             46          (b) Moneys collected under Subsection (3)(a) shall be deposited in the Attorney
             47      General Litigation Fund created in Section 76-10-922 :
             48          (i) to be used for costs incurred for actions brought under this section; and
             49          (ii) then to be applied to individual victims of the actions prohibited by this section in
             50      accordance with Subsection 76-10-922 (2)(b)(ii).
             51          (4) The penalties in this section are in addition to, and not in lieu of, the penalties in
             52      Title 76, Chapter 6, Part 5, Fraud, and Part 11, Identity Fraud Act.
             53          Section 2. Section 76-10-922 is amended to read:
             54           76-10-922. Attorney General Litigation Fund.
             55          (1) (a) (i) There is created a special revenue fund known as the Attorney General
             56      Litigation Fund for the purpose of providing funds to pay for any costs and expenses incurred
             57      by the state attorney general in relation to actions under state or federal antitrust, document
             58      fraud, or criminal laws.

             59          (ii) These funds are in addition to other funds as may be appropriated by the
             60      Legislature to the attorney general for the administration and enforcement of the laws of this
             61      state.
             62          (b) At the close of any fiscal year, any balance in the fund in excess of [$2,000,000]
             63      $3,000,000 shall be transferred to the General Fund.
             64          (c) The attorney general may expend monies from the Attorney General Litigation
             65      Fund for the purposes in Subsection (1)(a).
             66          (2) (a) All monies received by the state or its agencies by reason of [any] a judgment,
             67      settlement, or compromise as the result of [any] an action commenced, investigated, or
             68      prosecuted by the attorney general, after payment of any fines, restitution, payments, costs, or
             69      fees allocated by the court, shall be deposited in the Attorney General Litigation Fund, except
             70      as provided in Subsection (2)(b).
             71          (b) (i) Any expenses advanced by the attorney general in [any of the actions] an action
             72      under Subsection (1)(a) shall be credited to the Attorney General Litigation Fund.
             73          (ii) Any monies recovered by the attorney general on behalf of [any] a private person or
             74      public body other than the state shall be paid to [those persons or bodies] that person or public
             75      body from funds remaining after payment of expenses under Subsection (2)(b)(i).
             76          [(3) The Division of Finance shall transfer any monies remaining in the Antitrust
             77      Revolving Account on July 1, 2002, to the Attorney General Litigation Fund created in
             78      Subsection (1).]

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