2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 21, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
          when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes
        AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to filing false liens against
          public officers or public employees
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1.  Section 175.35 of the penal law, as amended by chapter 490
     2  of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
     3  § 175.35 Offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree.
     4    A  person  is  guilty of offering a false instrument for filing in the
     5  first degree when:
     6    1. knowing that a written instrument contains  a  false  statement  or
     7  false information, and with intent to defraud the state or any political
     8  subdivision,  public  authority  or  public  benefit  corporation of the
     9  state, he or she offers or presents it to a public office, public  serv-
    10  ant,  public  authority or public benefit corporation with the knowledge
    11  or belief that it will be filed  with,  registered  or  recorded  in  or
    12  otherwise  become  a  part  of the records of such public office, public
    13  servant, public authority or public benefit corporation; or
    14    2. (a) he or she commits the crime of offering a false instrument  for
    15  filing in the second degree; and
    16    (b) such instrument is a financing statement the contents of which are
    17  prescribed by section 9--502 of the uniform commercial code, the collat-
    18  eral  asserted  to  be  covered  in  such statement is the property of a
    19  person who is a state or local officer as defined by section two of  the
    20  public  officers  law  or  who  otherwise  is  a judge or justice of the
    21  unified court system, such financing statement does  not  relate  to  an
    22  actual  transaction,  and  he  or  she filed such financing statement in
    23  retaliation for the performance of official duties by such person[.]; or
    24    3. he or she knowingly files a false lien or encumbrance in  a  public
    25  record  or  private  record  that  is  generally available to the public
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  against the real or personal property of  a  public  officer  or  public
     2  employee  on  account  of  the  performance  of such public officer's or
     3  public employee's official duties, or with the intent to harass,  intim-
     4  idate  or otherwise attempt to affect the actions of the public official
     5  or public employee, knowing or having reason to know that such  lien  or
     6  encumbrance  is false or contains materially false, fictitious, or frau-
     7  dulent statements or representations.
     8    Offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree is a  class
     9  E felony.
    10    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    11  have become a law.