A person is guilty of false certification, if, being an officer authorized to take a proof or acknowledgment of an instrument, which by law may be recorded, he or she knowingly certifies falsely that the execution of such instrument was acknowledged by any party thereto or that the execution thereof was proved. False certification is a gross misdemeanor. [Ord. 3490 § 3, 2001; Code 1970 § 9.42.060.]
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