SB 750 Creates the offense of filing false documents
Sponsor: Schatz
LR Number: 5004S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 1/29/2018 - Voted Do Pass S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2018

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Current Bill Summary

SB 750 - This act creates the offense of filing false documents. For the first offense, filing a false document is a Class D felony, but can be a Class C felony in certain specified instances. Any person who is found guilty of filing a false document shall be ordered to make full restitution to any person or entity that has sustained any actual losses as a result of the filing.

The act specifies that any agency of the state, a county or the City of St. Louis shall create a system in which suspicious filings are logged, and outlines the process for petitioning a court when a person has probable cause to believe a filing is fraudulent. The system shall be created by January 1, 2019.

If a filing or record is deemed invalid in a civil action brought under this act, the prevailing party shall be awarded all reasonable costs and fees incurred by that party in the action.

This act is substantially similar to the truly agreed to SS/SCS/HB 1769 (2018), HCS/HB 303 (2017), certain provisions in SCS/HCB 1 (2017), and the truly agreed to CCS/SCS#2/SB 128 (2017) which was vetoed by the Governor.