A notary who issues false certificates, and this could include backdated certificates would be guilty of a misdemeanor. A false Acknowledgment certificate constitutes FORGERY. Additionally, the notary could have their commission revoked if found guilty of this crime, with an additional fine of $1500 per incident.
117.105 False or fraudulent acknowledgments; penalty.—A notary public who falsely or fraudulently takes an acknowledgment of an instrument as a notary public or who falsely or fraudulently makes a certificate as a notary public or who falsely takes or receives an acknowledgment of the signature on a written instrument is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
Pursuant to Section 117.01(4), Florida Statutes, the Governor may suspend a notary public for any of
the grounds provided in s. 7, Art. IV of the State Constitution. Grounds constituting malfeasance,
misfeasance, or neglect of duty include, but are not limited to, the following:
A material false statement on the application.
A complaint found to have merit by the Governor.
Failure to cooperate or respond to an investigation by the Governor’s Office or the Department
of State regarding a complaint.
Official misconduct as defined in Section 838.022, Florida Statutes.
False or misleading advertising relating to notary public services.
Unauthorized practice of law.
Failure to report a change in business or home address or telephone number, or failure to
submit documentation to request an amended commission after a lawful name change, within
the specified period of time.
Commission of fraud, misrepresentation, or any intentional violation of Chapter 117, Florida
Charging fees in excess of fees authorized by Chapter 117, Florida Statutes.
Failure to maintain the bond required by Section 117.01, Florida Statutes.
“Any notary public who knowingly acts as a notary public after his or her commission
Why would Mrs. Brazil notarize Tommie Jones’ signature knowing the statements made were false?