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17-12a508. Criminal penalties; statute of limitations. (a) Criminal penalties. (1) Except as provided in subsections (a)(2) through (a)(4), a conviction for an intentional violation of the Kansas uniform securities act, or a rule adopted or order issued under this act, except K.S.A. 17-12a504, and amendments thereto, or the notice filing requirements of K.S.A. 17-12a302 or 17-12a405, and amendments thereto, is a severity level 7, nonperson felony. An individual convicted of violating a rule or order under this act may be fined, but may not be imprisoned, if the individual did not have knowledge of the rule or order.

(2) A conviction for an intentional violation of K.S.A. 17-12a501 or 17-12a502, and amendments thereto, if the violation resulted in a loss of an amount of:

(A) $1,000,000 or more is a severity level 2, nonperson felony;

(B) at least $250,000 but less than $1,000,000 is a severity level 3, nonperson felony;

(C) at least $100,000 but less than $250,000 is a severity level 4, nonperson felony;

(D) at least $25,000 but less than $100,000 is a severity level 5, nonperson felony; or

(E) less than $25,000 is a severity level 6, nonperson felony.

(3) A conviction for an intentional violation of K.S.A. 17-12a301, 17-12a401(a), 17-12a402(a), 17-12a403(a) or 17-12a404(a), and amendments thereto, is:

(A) A severity level 5, nonperson felony if the violation resulted in a loss of $100,000 or more;

(B) a severity level 6, nonperson felony if the violation resulted in a loss of at least $25,000 but less than $100,000; or

(C) a severity level 7, nonperson felony if the violation resulted in a loss of less than $25,000.

(4) A conviction for an intentional violation of:

(A) K.S.A. 17-12a404(e) or 17-12a505, and amendments thereto, or an order to cease and desist issued by the administrator pursuant to K.S.A. 17-12a412(c) or 17-12a604(a), and amendments thereto, is a severity level 5, nonperson felony.

(B) K.S.A. 17-12a401(c), 17-12a403(c) or 17-12a506, and amendments thereto, is a severity level 6, nonperson felony.

(C) K.S.A. 17-12a402(d) or 17-12a403(d), and amendments thereto, is a severity level 7, nonperson felony.

(5) Any violation of K.S.A. 17-12a301, 17-12a401(a), 17-12a402(a), 17-12a403(a), 17-12a404(a), 17-12a501 or 17-12a502, and amendments thereto, resulting in a loss of $25,000 or more shall be presumed imprisonment.

(6) A conviction for an intentional violation of the Kansas uniform securities act, K.S.A. 17-12a101 et seq., and amendments thereto, committed against an elder person, as defined in K.S.A. 50-676, and amendments thereto, shall be ranked on the nondrug scale at one severity level above the appropriate level for the underlying or completed crime, if the trier of fact finds that the victim was an elder person at the time of the crime. It shall not be a defense under this paragraph that the defendant did not know the age of the victim or reasonably believed that the victim was not an elder person.

(7) When amounts are obtained in violation of this act under one scheme or continuing course of business, whether from the same or several sources, the conduct may be considered as one continuing offense, and the amounts aggregated in determining the grade of the offense.

(b) Statute of limitations. (1) Except as provided by K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 21-5107(e), and amendments thereto, no prosecution for any crime under this act may be commenced more than 10 years after the alleged violation if the victim is the Kansas public employees retirement system and no prosecution for any other crime under this act may be commenced more than five years after the alleged violation.

(2) If a crime under this act is a continuing offense, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until the last act in the scheme or course of business is completed. Nothing in this subsection shall prevent the exclusion of a time period pursuant to K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 21-5107(e), and amendments thereto.

(3) A prosecution is commenced when a complaint or information is filed, or an indictment returned, and a warrant thereon is delivered to the sheriff or other officer for execution, except that no prosecution shall be deemed to have been commenced if the warrant so issued is not executed without unreasonable delay.

(c) Criminal reference. The administrator shall prepare and refer such evidence as may be available concerning criminal violations of this act or of any rules and regulations or order hereunder to the attorney general, or in consultation with the attorney general to the proper county or district attorney, who may, in such prosecutor's discretion, with or without such a reference, institute the appropriate criminal proceedings under the laws of this state. The administrator may pay extradition and witness expenses and other costs associated with the case. The administrator and persons employed by the administrator shall assist in the prosecution of criminal cases as requested by the attorney general or county or district attorney.

(d) No limitation on other criminal enforcement. This act does not limit the power of this state to punish a person for conduct that constitutes a crime under other laws of this state.

History: L. 2004, ch. 154, § 37; L. 2010, ch. 92, § 1; L. 2011, ch. 30, § 105; L. 2014, ch. 99, § 1; L. 2015, ch. 70, § 2; L. 2017, ch. 81, § 5; July 1.


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