2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
General
Article 16 - Farm Products and Farm Commodity Warehouses
Part 1 - Farm Products
§ 12-16-115. Unlawful acts

CO Rev Stat ยง 12-16-115 (2016) What's This?

(1) It is unlawful and a violation of this part 1 for any person to:

(a) Make fraudulent charges or returns for the handling, sale, or storage or for the rendering of any service in connection with the handling, sale, or storage of any farm products. Violation of this paragraph (a) shall constitute a class 6 felony.

(b) Willfully fail or refuse to render a true account of sales or storage or to make a settlement thereon or to pay for farm products received within the time and in the manner required by this part 1. Violation of this paragraph (b) shall constitute a class 6 felony.

(c) Intentionally make false or misleading statements as to the market conditions for farm products or false or misleading statements as to the condition, quality, or quantity of farm products received, handled, sold, or stored. Violation of this paragraph (c) shall constitute a class 6 felony.

(d) Engage in fictitious sales, in collusion, or in unfair practices to defraud the owners. Violation of this paragraph (d) shall constitute a class 6 felony.

(e) Act as a dealer, small-volume dealer, or agent without having obtained a license or act as a dealer without having filed a surety bond or an irrevocable letter of credit, as provided in this part 1. Violation of this paragraph (e) shall constitute a class 6 felony.

(f) Willfully convert to his own use or benefit the farm products of another. Violation of this paragraph (f) shall constitute theft, as defined in section 18-4-401, C.R.S.

(g) Commit fraud or deception in the procurement or attempted procurement of a license. Violation of this paragraph (g) shall constitute a class 1 misdemeanor.

(h) Fail to comply with any lawful order of the commissioner concerning the administration of this part 1. Violation of this paragraph (h) shall constitute a class 1 misdemeanor.

(i) Interfere with or hinder an authorized representative of the commissioner while performing his duties under this part 1. Violation of this paragraph (i) shall constitute a class 1 misdemeanor.

(j) If licensed as a dealer or small-volume dealer, sell farm products for less than the current market price to any person with whom such dealer has any financial connection, directly or indirectly, either as an owner of the corporate stock of a corporation, as a copartner, or in any other capacity, or sell any farm products out of the purchase price of which said dealer or small-volume dealer receives, directly or indirectly, any portion thereof other than the commission allowed in section 12-16-112. Violation of this paragraph (j) shall constitute theft, as defined in section 18-4-401, C.R.S.

(k) Act as a dealer, small-volume dealer, or agent and, with intent to defraud, make, draw, utter, or deliver any check, draft, or order for the payment of money upon any bank or other depository to the owner for the purchase price of any farm products or any part thereof upon obtaining possession or control thereof, when at the time of the making, drawing, uttering, or delivery the maker or drawer has not sufficient funds in or credit with such bank or other depository for the payment of such check, draft, or order in full upon its presentation. The making, drawing, uttering, or delivery of such check, draft, or order shall be prima facie evidence of an intent to defraud. "Credit", as used in this paragraph (k), means an arrangement or understanding with the bank or depository for the payment of such check, draft, or order. Violation of this paragraph (k) shall constitute fraud by check, as defined in section 18-5-205, C.R.S.

(l) If acting as a dealer who has signed an affidavit in accordance with section 12-16-105 (1) (a) (I), fail to make payment in cash or by one of the other means specified in section 12-16-106 (1) (f) for any transaction without first complying with the bonding requirements of section 12-16-106. Violation of this paragraph (l) shall constitute a class 1 misdemeanor.

(m) If licensed as a small-volume dealer, purchase twenty thousand dollars' worth or more of farm products in one year from the owner for processing or resale or purchase two thousand five hundred dollars' worth or more of farm products in any single transaction from the owner for processing or resale. Violation of this paragraph (m) shall constitute a class 1 misdemeanor.

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