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518. Extortion is the obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by a wrongful use of force or fear, or under color of official right.
519. Fear, such as will constitute extortion, may be induced by a threat, either:
1. To do an unlawful injury to the person or property of the individual threatened, or to any relative of his, or member of his family; or,
2. To accuse him, or any relative of his, or member of his family, of any crime; or,
3. To expose, or impute to him or them any deformity or disgrace; or,
4. To expose any secret affecting him or them.
520. Every person who extorts any money or other property from another, under circumstances not amounting to robbery, by means of force, or any threat, such as is mentioned in the preceding section, is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not exceeding five years.
521. Every person who commits any extortion under color of official right, in cases for which a different punishment is not precribed in this code, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
522. Every person who, by any extortionate means, obtains from another his signature to any paper or instrument, whereby, if such signature were freely given, any property would be transferred, or any debt, demand, charge, or right of action created, is punishable in the same manner as if the actual delivery of such debt, demand, charge, or right of action were obtained.
523. Every person who, with intent to extort any money or other property from another, sends or delivers to any person any letter or other writing, whether subscribed or not, expressing or implying, or adapted to imply, any threat such as is specified in section 519, is punishable in the same manner as if such money or property were actually obtained by means of such threat.
524. Every person who unsuccessfully attempts, by means of any verbal threat, such as is specified in section 519, to extort money or other property from another is guilty of a misdemeanor.
525. Every officer, agent, or employee of a railroad company who asks or receives a greater sum than is allowed by law for the carriage of passengers or freight, is guilty of a misdemeanor. CHAPTER VIII.
False Personations and Cheats.
528. Marrying under false 536a. Rendering account sales. personation.
537. Hotel accommodations, 529. Falsely personating an
by fraud. other.
537a. Registering cattle, fraud530. Receiving property in
ulently. false character.
537b. Livery stables, defraud531. Fraudulent convey
ing same. ances.
537c. Horses, etc., wrongfully 532. Money, obtained
537d. Garages, etc., defraud532a. False statement finan
ing. cial condition, generally.
538. Personal property, 532a. Giving lot with ticket.
moval when mortgaged. 533. Selling land twice.
circulation 534. False representation,
when misrepresented. selling land by married 538b. Secret society badge, persons.
wearing without authors 535. Mock auction.
ity. 536. Brokers, making false
statements. 528. Every person who falsely personates another, and in such assumed character marries or pretends to marry, or to sustain the marriage relation towards another, with or without the connivance of such other, is guilty of a felony.
529. Every person who falsely personates another in either his private of official capacity, and in such assumed character, either:
1. Becomes bail or surety for any party in any proceeding whatever, before any court or officer authorized to take such bail or surety;
2. Verifies, publishes, acknowledges, or proves, in the name of another person, any written instrument, with intent that the same may be recorded, delivered, or used as true; or,
3. Does any other act whereby, if done by the person falsely personated, he might, in any event, become liable to any suit or prosecution, or to pay any sum of money, or to incur any charge, forfeiture, or penalty, or whereby any benefit might accrue to the party personating, or to any other person;
Is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding two years, or by fine not exceeding five thousand dollars. 1905-684.
530. Every person who falsely personates another, in either his private or official capacity, and in such assumed character receives
any money or property, knowing that it is intended to be delivered to the individual so personated, with intent to convert the same to his own use, or to that of another person, or to deprive the true owner thereof, is punishable in the same manner and to the same extent as for larceny of the money or property so received. 1905– 685.
531. Every person who is a party to any fraudulent conveyance of any lands, tenements, or hereditaments, goods or chattels, or any right or interest issuing out of the same, or to any bond, suit judgement, or execution, contract or conveyance, had, made, or contrived with intent to deceive and defraud others, or to defeat, hinder, or delay creditors or other's of their just debts, damages, or demands; or who, being a party as aforesaid, at any time wittingly and willingly puts in, uses, avows, maintains, justifies, or defends the same, or any of them, as true, and done, had, or made in good faith, or upon good consideration, or aliens, assigns, or sells any of the lands, tenements, hereditaments, goods, chattels, or other things before mentioned, to him or them conveyed as aforesaid, or any part thereof, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
532. Every person who knowingly and designedly, by any false or fraudulent representation or pretense, defrauds any other person of money, labor, or property, whether real or personal, or who causes or procures others to report falsly of his wealth or mercantile character, and by thus imposing upon any person obtains credit, and thereby fraudulently gets possession of money or property, or obtains the labor or service of another, is punishable in the same manner and to the same extent as for larceny of the money or property so obtained. 1905-685.
532a. Any person, firm, corporation or copartnership who knowingly and designedly offers or gives with winning numbers at any drawing of numbers or with tickets of admission to places of public assemblage, any lot or parcel of real property and charges or collects fees in connection with the transfer thereof, is guilty of a misdemeanor. 1913-74.
532a. Any person
(1.) Who shall knowingly make or cause to be made, either directly or indirectly or through any agency whatsoever, any false statement in writing, with intent that it shall be relied upon, respecting the financial condition, or means or ability to pay, of himself, or any other person, firm or corporation, in whom he is interested, or for whom he is acting, for the purpose of procuring in any form whatsoever, either the delivery of personal property, the payment of cash, the making of a loan or credit, the extension of a credit, the execution of a contract of guarantee or suretyship, the discount of an account receivable, or the making, acceptance, discount, sale or indorsement of a bill of exchange, or promissory note, for the benefit of either himself or of such person, firm or corporation; or
(2.) Who knowing that a false statement in writing has been made, respecting the financial condition or means or ability to pay, of himself, or such person, firm or corporation in which he is interested, or for whom he is acting, procures, upon the faith thereof, for the benefit either of himself, or of such person, firm or corporation, either or any of the things of benefit mentioned in the first subdivision of this section; or
(3.) Who knowing that a statement in writing has been made, respecting the financial condition or means or ability to pay of himself or such person, firm or corporation, in which he is interested, or for whom he is acting, represents on a later day in writing that such statement theretofore made, if then again made on said day, would be then true, when in fact, said statement if then made would be false, and procures upon the faith thereof, for the benefit either of himself or of such person, firm or corporation either or any of the things of benefit mentioned in the first subdivision of this section; shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. 1919–277.
533. Every person who, after once selling, bartering, or disposing of any tract of land or town lot, or after executing any bond or agreement for the sale of any land or town lot, again willfully and with intent to defraud previous or subsequent purchasers, sells, barters, or disposes of the same tract of land or town lot, or any part thereof, or willfully and with intent to defraud previous or subsequent purchasers, executes any bond or agreement to sell, barter, or dispose of the same land or lot, or any part thereof, to any other person for a valuable consideration, is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not less than one nor more than ten years.
534. Every married person who falsely and fraudulently represents himself or herself as competent to sell or mortgage any real estate, to the validity of which sale or mortgage the assent or concurrence of his wife or her husband is necessary, and under such representations willfully conveys or mortgages the same, is guilty of felony.
535. Every person who obtains any money or property from another, or obtains the signature of another to any written instrument, the false making of which would be forgery, by means of any false or fraudulent sale of property or pretended property, by
auction, or by any of the practices known as mock auctions, is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not exceeding three years, in the county jail not exceeding one year, or by fine not exceeding one thousand dolars, or by both such fine and imprisonment; and, in addition thereto, forfeits any license he may hold as auctioneer, and is forever disqualified from receiving a license to act as auctioneer within this state.
536. Every commission merchant, broker, agent, factor, or consignee, who shall willfully and corruptly make, or cause to be made, to the principal or consignor of such commission merchant, agent, broker, factor, or consignee, a false statement as to the price obtained for any property consigned or intrusted for sale, or as to the quality or quantity of any property so consigned or intrusted, or as to any expenditures made in connection therewith, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars and not less than two hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months and not less than ten days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. 1909-537.
536a. It is hereby made the duty of every commission merchant, broker, factor, or consignee, to whom any property is consigned or intrusted for sale, to make, when accounting therefor or subsequently, upon the written demand of his principal or consignor, a true v ritten statement setting forth the name and address of the person or persons to whom a sale of the said property, or any portion thereof, was made, the quantity so sold to each purchaser, and the respective prices obtained therefor; provided, however, that unless separate written demand shall be made as to each consignment or shipment regarding which said statement is desired, prior to sale, it shall be sufficient to set forth in said statement only so many of said matters above enumerated as said commission merchant, broker, factor, or consignee may be able to obtain from the books of account kept by him; and that said statement shall not be required in case of cash sales where the amount of the transaction is less than fifty dollars. Any person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. 1909-1081.
537. Any person who obtains any food or accomodation at an hotel, inn, restaurant, boarding house, lodging house, or furnished apartment house without paying therefor, with intent to defraud the proprietor or manager thereof, or who obtains credit at an hotel, inn, restaurant, boarding house, lodging house or furnished apartment house by the use of any false pretense, or who, after obtaining credit, food or accomodation at an hotel, inn, restaurant, boarding house, lodging house, or furnished apartment house absconds or surreptitiously removes his baggage therefrom without paying for his food or accomodation is guilty of a misdemeanor.