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Texas Government Code - GOV'T § 405.022. Filing or Recording of Fraudulent Document

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(a) If the secretary of state believes in good faith that a document filed with the secretary of state to create a lien is fraudulent, the secretary of state shall:

(1) request the assistance of the attorney general to determine whether the document is fraudulent before filing or recording the document;

(2) request that the prospective filer provide to the secretary of state additional documentation supporting the existence of the lien, such as a contract or other document that contains the alleged debtor or obligor's signature;  and

(3) forward any additional documentation received to the attorney general.

(b) For purposes of this section, a document or instrument is presumed to be fraudulent if the document or instrument is filed by an inmate or on behalf of an inmate.

(c) A presumption under Subsection (b) may be rebutted by providing the secretary of state the original or a copy of a sworn and notarized document signed by the obligor, debtor, or owner of the property designated as collateral stating that the person entered into a security agreement with the inmate and authorized the filing of the instrument as provided by Section 9.509, Business & Commerce Code.

(d) In this section:

(1) “Inmate” means a person housed in a secure correctional facility.

(2) “Secure correctional facility” has the meaning assigned by Section 1.07, Penal Code.

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