Chapter 16 OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS*
Section 16-193 False declarations.
(a) A person commits the crime of making a false declaration
if, with the purpose to mislead a
public servant in the performance of his duty, he:
(1) Submits any written false statement,
which he does not believe to be true:
a. In an application
for any pecuniary benefit or other consideration; or
b. On a form
bearing notice, authorized by law, that false statements made therein are
(2) Submits or invites reliance on:
a. Any writing
which he knows to be forged, altered or otherwise lacking in authenticity;
b. Any sample,
specimen, map, boundary mark, or other object which he knows to be
(b) The falsity of the statement or the item under paragraph
(a) of this section must be as to a
fact which is material to the purposes for which the statement is made or the item submitted; and
the provisions of paragraphs (b)(1) and (2) of section 16-192 shall apply to prosecutions under
paragraph (a) of this section.
(c) It is a defense to a prosecution under paragraph (a)
of this section that the actor retracted
the false statement or item but this defense shall not apply if the retraction was made after:
(1) The falsity of the statement or
item was exposed; or
(2) The public servant took substantial
action in reliance on the statement or item.
(d) The defendant shall have the burden of injecting the
issue of retraction under paragraph (c)
of this section.
(e) Making a false declaration is a class B misdemeanor.
(Code 1964, § 7.890)
State law reference(s)--Similar provisions, RSMo. § 575.060.