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Statute Text

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Article - Criminal Law
§8–523.  
(a)    (1)   In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2)   “Housing agency” means an agency established to administer a housing assistance program under the Housing and Community Development Article.
(3)   “Housing assistance” means financial assistance, as defined in § 1-101 of the Housing and Community Development Article, offered for the purpose of obtaining housing based on need under a program administered by a housing agency and financed wholly or partially by federal, State, or local funds.
(b)   A person may not knowingly make a false statement of a material fact for the purpose of influencing a housing agency regarding:
(1)   an application for housing assistance; or
(2)   an action affecting housing assistance already provided.
(c)   A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.