|False Information Pawnbroker Form|
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Form Code: PAWN8010
Florida Statute: 539.001.8
Level: Fel (Felony)
Chapter 539 PAWNBROKING
539.001 The Florida Pawnbroking Act.
(1) SHORT TITLE.—This section may be cited as the “Florida Pawnbroking Act.”
(2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Agency” means the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
(b) “Appropriate law enforcement official” means the sheriff of the county in which a pawnshop is located or, in case of a pawnshop located within a municipality, the police chief of the municipality in which the pawnshop is located; however, any sheriff or police chief may designate as the appropriate law enforcement official for the county or municipality, as applicable, any law enforcement officer working within the county or municipality headed by that sheriff or police chief. Nothing in this subsection limits the power and responsibilities of the sheriff.
(c) “Claimant” means a person who claims that his or her property was misappropriated.
(d) “Conveying customer” means a person who delivers property into the custody of a pawnbroker, either by pawn, sale, consignment, or trade.
(e) “Identification” means a government-issued photographic identification or an electronic image taken from a government-issued photographic identification.
(f) “Misappropriated” means stolen, embezzled, converted, or otherwise wrongfully appropriated against the will of the rightful owner.
(g) “Net worth” means total assets less total liabilities.
(h) “Pawn” means any advancement of funds on the security of pledged goods on condition that the pledged goods are left in the possession of the pawnbroker for the duration of the pawn and may be redeemed by the pledgor on the terms and conditions contained in this section.
(i) “Pawnbroker” means any person who is engaged in the business of making pawns; who makes a public display containing the term “pawn,” “pawnbroker,” or “pawnshop” or any derivative thereof; or who publicly displays a sign or symbol historically identified with pawns. A pawnbroker may also engage in the business of purchasing goods which includes consignment and trade.
(j) “Pawnbroker transaction form” means the instrument on which a pawnbroker records pawns and purchases as provided in subsection (8).
(k) “Pawn service charge” means a charge for investigating the title, storage, and insuring of the security; closing the transaction; making daily reports to appropriate law enforcement officials; expenses and losses; and all other services.
(l) “Pawnshop” means the location at which a pawnbroker conducts business.
(m) “Permitted vendor” means a vendor who furnishes a pawnbroker with an invoice specifying the vendor’s name and address, the date of the sale, a description of the items sold, and the sales price, and who has an established place of business, or, in the case of a secondhand dealer as defined in s. 538.03, has represented in writing that such dealer has complied with all applicable recordkeeping, reporting, and retention requirements pertaining to goods sold or otherwise delivered to a pawnbroker.
(n) “Person” means an individual, partnership, corporation, joint venture, trust, association, or other legal entity.
(o) “Pledged goods” means tangible personal property that is deposited with, or otherwise delivered into the possession of a pawnbroker in connection with a pawn. “Pledged goods” does not include titles or any other form of written security in tangible property in lieu of actual physical possession, including, but not limited to, choses in action, securities, printed evidence of indebtedness, or certificates of title and other instruments evidencing title to separate items of property, including motor vehicles. For purposes of federal and state bankruptcy laws, a pledgor’s interest in his or her pledged goods during the pendency of a pawn is a right of redemption only.
(p) “Pledgor” means an individual who delivers pledged goods into the possession of a pawnbroker in connection with a pawn.
(q) “Purchase” means the transfer and delivery of goods, by a person other than a permitted vendor, to a pawnbroker by acquisition for value, consignment, or trade for other goods.
(r) “Amount financed” is used interchangeably to mean the same as “amount of money advanced” or “principal amount”.
(s) “Default date” means that date upon which the pledgor’s right of redemption expires and absolute right, title, and interest in and to the pledged goods shall vest in and shall be deemed conveyed to the pawnbroker by operation of law.
(t) “Beneficial owner” means a person who does not have title to property but has rights in the property which are the normal incident of owning the property.
(u) “Operator” means a person who has charge of a corporation or company and has control of its business, or of its branch establishments, divisions, or departments, and who is vested with a certain amount of discretion and independent judgment.
8. A statement that the pledgor or seller of the item represents and warrants that it is not stolen, that it has no liens or encumbrances against it, and that the pledgor or seller is the rightful owner of the goods and has the right to enter into the transaction. Any person who knowingly gives false verification of ownership or gives a false or altered identification and who receives money from a pawnbroker for goods sold or pledged commits:
(a) If the value of the money received is less than $300, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(b) If the value of the money received is $300 or more, a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(c) A pawnbroker transaction form must provide a space for the imprint of the right thumbprint of the pledgor or seller and a blank line for the signature of the pledgor or seller.
(d) At the time of the pawn or purchase transaction, the pawnbroker shall deliver to the pledgor or seller an exact copy of the completed pawnbroker transaction form.