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Criminal Statutes and Penalties Related to Documents of Title

If you or a family member is charged with issuing a false, forged, or otherwise illegitimate document of title, you could be subjected to criminal prosecution and conviction for a felony offense, depending on the overall value of the goods or property at issue. For example, when the value of goods that is the subject of the title exceeds $650, you could be charged with a felony, which carries significant, harsh penalties.

The information below is an overview of the statutory provisions concerning crimes involving documents of title.

NRS 205.520 – Issue of document of title for goods not received.

When a bailee, or any officer, agent or servant of a bailee, issues or aids in issuing a document of title and they know that the goods covered by the document of title have not been received by him or her, or are not under his or her control at the time the document is issued, they shall be punished in the following manner:

  1. Where the value of the goods purported to be covered by the document of title is $650 or more, for a category D felony as provided in NRS 193.130. In addition to any other penalty, the court shall order the person to pay restitution.
  2. Where the value is less than $650, for a misdemeanor.

 

NRS 205.530 – Issue of document of title containing false statement.  

 When a bailee, or any officer, agent or servant of a bailee, who issues or aids in issuing a document of title, knowing that it contains any false statement, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

 NRS 205.540  Issuance of duplicate or additional negotiable document of title not so marked.

 When a bailee, or any officer, agent or servant of a bailee, who issues or aids in issuing a duplicate or additional negotiable document of title, knowing that a former negotiable document for the same goods or any part of them is outstanding and uncancelled, shall be punished:

1.  Where the value of the goods purported to be covered by the document of title is $650 or more, for a category D felony as provided in NRS 193.130. In addition to any other penalty, the court shall order the person to pay restitution.

2.  Where the value is less than $650, for a misdemeanor.

 

NRS 205.550  Delivery of goods covered by outstanding negotiable document of title without obtaining negotiable document.

When a bailee, or any officer, agent or servant of a bailee, who delivers goods, knowing that they are covered by an outstanding document of title, the negotiation of which would transfer the right to possession thereof, without obtaining the negotiable document, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

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NRS 205.560  Issue of negotiable warehouse receipt not stating fact of warehouseman’s ownership.

A warehouseman, or any officer, agent or servant of a warehouseman, in possession of goods which he or she owns in part, wholly or jointly, who issues a negotiable warehouse receipt therefor, without noting such ownership on the receipt, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

NRS 205.570  Obtaining or negotiating document of title for goods with intent to defraud.

A person who, with the intent to defraud, obtains a negotiable document of title for goods to which the person does not have title, or which are subject to a security interest, and negotiates the document for value, without disclosing the want of title or the existence of the security interest, shall be punished:

      1.  Where the value of the goods purported to be covered by the document of title is $650 or more, for a category D felony as provided in NRS 193.130. In addition to any other penalty, the court shall order the person to pay restitution.

      2.  Where the value is less than $650, for a misdemeanor.

 

NRS 205.580  Inducing bailee to issue negotiable document of title when goods have not been received.

 A person who, with the intent to defraud, secures the issue by a bailee of a negotiable document of title, knowing at the time of issue that any or all of the goods are not in possession of the bailee, by inducing the bailee to believe that the goods are in the bailee’s possession, shall be punished:

      1.  Where the value of the goods purported to be covered by the document of title is $650 or more, for a category D felony as provided in NRS 193.130. In addition to any other penalty, the court shall order the person to pay restitution.

      2.  Where the value is less than $650, for a misdemeanor.

NRS 205.590  Negotiation of document of title when goods are not in bailee’s possession.

A person who, with the intent to defraud, negotiates or transfers for value a document of title, which by the terms thereof represents that goods are in possession of the bailee who issued the document, knowing that the bailee is not in possession of the goods or any part thereof, without disclosing this fact, shall be punished:

      1.  Where the value of the goods purported to be covered by the document of title is $650 or more, for a category D felony as provided in NRS 193.130. In addition to any other penalty, the court shall order the person to pay restitution.

      2.  Where the value is less than $650, for a misdemeanor.

 

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