Law:Title 2. Department Of Human Services And Department Of Protective And Regulatory Services. Subtitle A. General Provisions (Texas)

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Subtitle A. General Provisions

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Chapter 12. Penal Provisions

Section  12.001.  Prohibited Activities.

(a) A person who is not licensed to practice law in Texas commits an offense if the person charges a fee for representing or aiding an applicant or recipient in procuring assistance from the department.

(b)  A person commits an offense if the person advertises, holds himself or herself out for, or solicits the procurement of assistance from the department.

(c)  An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2336, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979.



Section  12.002.  Unlawful Use Of Funds.

(a) A person charged with the duty or responsibility of administering, disbursing, auditing, or otherwise handling the grants, funds, or money provided for in this title commits an offense if the person misappropriates the grants, funds, or money or by deception or fraud wrongfully distributes the grants, funds, or money to any person.

(b)  An offense under this section is a felony punishable by confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for a term of not less than two or more than seven years.

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2336, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 87, Sec. 25.113, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section  12.003.  Disclosure Of Information Prohibited.

(a) Except for purposes directly connected with the administration of the department's assistance programs, it is an offense for a person to solicit, disclose, receive, or make use of, or to authorize, knowingly permit, participate in, or acquiesce in the use of the names of, or any information concerning, persons applying for or receiving assistance if the information is directly or indirectly derived from the records, papers, files, or communications of the department or acquired by employees of the department in the performance of their official duties.

(b)  An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2336, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979.


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