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This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

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Statute Text

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Article - Criminal Law
§8–402.  
(a)   With intent to defraud, an officer or agent of a corporation may not sign, or in any manner assent to, a statement to or a publication for the public or the shareholders that contains false representations of the corporation’s assets, liabilities, or affairs, to:
(1)   enhance or depress the market value of the corporation’s shares or obligations; or
(2)   commit fraud in another manner.
(b)   A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not less than 6 months and not exceeding 3 years or a fine not less than $1,000 and not exceeding $10,000 or both.
(c)   A person who violates this section is subject to § 5-106(b) of the Courts Article.