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§ 18-12-703 - Closing and settlement services -- Disbursement of funds -- Penalties.

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18-12-703.Closing and settlement services -- Disbursement of funds -- Penalties.(a)(1)Noperson, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity that providesclosing and settlement services for a real estate transaction shalldisburse funds as a part of such services until those funds have beenreceived and are available for immediate withdrawal as a matter of rightfrom the financial institution in which the funds have been deposited.(2)However,the person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity providingclosing and settlement services may advance funds, not to exceed fivehundred dollars ($500), on behalf of interested parties for thetransaction, to pay incidental fees and charges pertaining to theclosing and settlement of the transaction.(b)Anyperson, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity who knowinglyand willfully violates the provisions of this subchapter shall be guiltyof a Class A misdemeanor.(c)Inaddition to the criminal penalty imposed by this section, theprosecuting attorneys of this state shall have the authority to file apetition in circuit court in any county in which a violation of theprovisions of this subchapter occurred, for civil enforcement of theprovisions of this subchapter by seeking an injunction prohibiting anyperson, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity from disbursingfunds in violation of this subchapter.
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  • 18-12-703. Closing and settlement services -- Disbursement of funds -- Penalties.

    (a) (1) No person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity that provides closing and settlement services for a real estate transaction shall disburse funds as a part of such services until those funds have been received and are available for immediate withdrawal as a matter of right from the financial institution in which the funds have been deposited.

    (2) However, the person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity providing closing and settlement services may advance funds, not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500), on behalf of interested parties for the transaction, to pay incidental fees and charges pertaining to the closing and settlement of the transaction.

    (b) Any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity who knowingly and willfully violates the provisions of this subchapter shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

    (c) In addition to the criminal penalty imposed by this section, the prosecuting attorneys of this state shall have the authority to file a petition in circuit court in any county in which a violation of the provisions of this subchapter occurred, for civil enforcement of the provisions of this subchapter by seeking an injunction prohibiting any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity from disbursing funds in violation of this subchapter.

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