18 U.S. Code Section 1010 - Department of Housing and Urban Development and Federal Housing Administration transactions

Whoever, for the purpose of obtaining any loan or advance of credit from any person, partnership, association, or corporation with the intent that such loan or advance of credit shall be offered to or accepted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for insurance, or for the purpose of obtaining any extension or renewal of any loan, advance of credit, or mortgage insured by such Department, or the acceptance, release, or substitution of any security on such a loan, advance of credit, or for the purpose of influencing in any way the action of such Department, makes, passes, utters, or publishes any statement, knowing the same to be false, or alters, forges, or counterfeits any instrument, paper, or document, or utters, publishes, or passes as true any instrument, paper, or document, knowing it to have been altered, forged, or counterfeited, or willfully overvalues any security, asset, or income, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

Annotations
Citation
18 U.S.C. § 1010 (2021)
Miscellaneous
Historical and Revision Notes Based on section 1731(a) of title 12, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Banks and Banking (June 27, 1934, ch. 847, §512(a), 48 Stat. 1265; Feb. 3, 1938, ch. 13, §9, 52 Stat. 24). Reference to persons causing or procuring was omitted as unnecessary in view of definition of "principal" in section 2 of this title. "$5,000" was substituted for "$3,000" to make this section more consistent in its punishment provisions with comparable sections. (See section 1008 of this title.) Minor changes in phraseology were made.
Amendments
1994—Pub. L. 103–322 substituted "fined under this title" for "fined not more than $5,000". 1967—Pub. L. 90–19 included reference to Department of Housing and Urban Development in section catchline and substituted in text "Department of Housing and Urban Development" for "Federal Housing Administration" and "Department" for "Administration" in two places, respectively.
Code Summary

When it comes to the 18 U.S. Code Section 1010, the most popular defence tactic is to attempt to prove that the person gave false statements unintentionally. The person may have been deceived, acted in an unstable state of mind, or did not know the whole picture of the situation.

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