BANKS AND BANKING
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS
26-2730. Prohibited acts — Exceptions — Penalties. (1) A person shall not willfully make an untrue statement of a material fact in an application or report filed with the director under this chapter, or willfully omit to state in such an application or report a material fact required to be stated in the application or report.
(2) A person having custody of any of the books, accounts, or other records of a licensee shall not willfully refuse to allow the director, upon request, to inspect or make copies of any of those books, accounts, or other records.
(3) A person shall not, with intent to deceive a director, officer, employee, auditor, or attorney of a licensee, the director or a governmental agency, make a false entry in the books, accounts, or other records of that licensee; omit to make an entry in those books, accounts, or other records which that person is required to make, or alter, conceal, or destroy any of those books, accounts, or other records.
(4) A licensee shall not provide, directly or indirectly, financing assistance to an associate of the licensee.
(5) A licensee shall not provide, directly or indirectly, financing assistance to discharge, or to free other money for use in discharging, in whole or in part, an obligation to an associate of that licensee. This section does not apply to a transaction effected by an associate of a licensee in the normal course of that associate’s business involving a line of credit or short-term financing assistance.
(6) A licensee shall not provide, directly or indirectly, financing assistance to a business firm to which an associate of that licensee provides financing assistance, either contemporaneously with, or within one (1) year before or after, the providing of financing assistance by the licensee, if the terms on which the licensee provides financing assistance are less favorable to the licensee than the terms on which the associate provides financing assistance to the business firm. If the financing assistance provided by the associate of the licensee is of a different kind from the financing assistance provided by the licensee, the burden shall be on the licensee to prove that the terms on which the licensee provided financing assistance were at least as favorable to the licensee as the terms on which the associate provided financing assistance to the business firm.
(7) This section does not apply to any of the following:
(a) If the associate is a controlling person of the licensee and is also the only shareholder of the licensee.
(b) If the associate is a subsidiary of the licensee.
(c) A transaction effected by an associate of a licensee in the normal course of that associate’s business involving a line of credit or short-term financing assistance.
(8) An associate of a licensee shall not receive, directly or indirectly, from a person to whom that licensee provides financing assistance, compensation in connection with the providing of that financing assistance or anything of value for procuring, influencing, or attempting to procure or influence the licensee’s action with respect to the providing of the financing assistance. This section does not apply to the receipt of fees by an associate of a licensee for bona fide closing services performed by that associate if all of the following are true:
(a) The associate, with the consent and knowledge of the person to whom the financing assistance is provided, is designated by the licensee to perform the services.
(b) The services are appropriate and necessary in the circumstances.
(c) The fees for the services are approved as reasonable by the licensee.
(d) The fees for the services are collected by the licensee on behalf of the associate.
(9) By such orders or rules the director considers necessary and appropriate, he may exempt from the provisions of subsections (4) through (8), either unconditionally or upon specified terms and conditions and for specified periods, a person or transaction or class of persons or transactions, if the director finds that the exemption is in the public interest and that the regulation of the person, transaction or class is not necessary for the purposes of this chapter.
(10) In exempting a person or transaction or class of persons or transactions, the director shall give consideration, as considered appropriate by the director, to conflict of interest provisions of federal law or regulation that may be applicable to that person or transaction governing participants in federal financing programs.
(11) A person who knowingly commits an act which violates the provisions of this chapter shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or shall be imprisoned for not more than five (5) years, or both.
(12) The provisions of this section do not apply to an act committed or omitted in good faith in conformity with an order, rule, declaratory ruling, or written interpretative opinion of the director, notwithstanding that the order, rule, declaratory ruling, or written interpretative opinion is later amended, rescinded, or repealed, or determined by judicial or other authority to be invalid for any reason.
(13) Nothing in this chapter limits the power of the state to punish a person for an act which constitutes a crime under any statute.
[26-2730, added 1989, ch. 252, sec. 1, p. 624.]