Intentionally Filing a False Statement With a Public Office in New York

In People v. Kase, 76 AD2d 532, 431 NYS2d 531 1st Dept (1980), the defendant argued that there was no intent to defraud because the instrument in question, an application to transfer a liquor license in connection with the sale of a tavern, did not have the potential to cause pecuniary loss to the State or political subdivisions thereof. The Appellate Division disagreed. "Whoever intentionally files a false statement with a public office or public servant for the purpose of frustrating the State's power to fulfill its obligation to carry out the law violates the statute." (Kase at 537-538.)