§71.3. Mortgage fraud
A. It is unlawful for a person, in connection with residential mortgage lending activity, to knowingly do any of the following:
(1) Employ a device, scheme, or artifice with intent to defraud.
(2) Make an untrue statement of material fact with intent to defraud.
(3) Receive any portion of the purchase, sale, or loan proceeds, or any other consideration paid or generated in connection with the closing of a residential mortgage loan when the recipient knows that the proceeds or other funds were paid as a result of a violation of this Section.
B.(1) A person who violates the provisions of this Section shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than ten years, or may be fined not more than one hundred thousand dollars, or both.
(2) In addition to the penalties provided in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, a person convicted under the provisions of this Section shall be ordered to make full restitution to the victim and any other person who has suffered a financial loss as a result of the offense. If a person ordered to make restitution pursuant to this Section is found to be indigent and therefore unable to make restitution in full at the time of conviction, the court shall order a periodic payment plan consistent with the person's financial ability.
C. For purposes of this Section:
(1) "Residential mortgage lending activity" means an activity, including electronic activity, engaged in for compensation or with the expectation of compensation in connection with a residential mortgage loan, including but not limited to the solicitation, application, origination, or funding of a residential mortgage loan; the negotiation and placement, or offering to negotiate, place or find a residential mortgage loan for another person; third-party provider services, including but not limited to appraisals, abstracts, escrow services, or title insurance; underwriting, signing, closing and funding the loan.
(2) "Residential mortgage loan" means a loan for personal, family or household use that is secured by a mortgage, deed of trust, or other equivalent consensual security interest on a dwelling (as defined in Section 103(v) of the federal Truth in Lending Act) or residential immovable property upon which is constructed or intended to be constructed a dwelling.
(3) "Person" means a natural or juridical person, including but not limited to a sole proprietorship, corporation, company, limited liability company, partnership, limited liability partnership, trust, incorporated or unincorporated association, or any other individual or entity.
Acts 2009, No. 197, §1.