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Dana Young files bill aimed at fraudulent corporation filings

State Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, on the floor of the Senate earlier this year.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

State Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, on the floor of the Senate earlier this year.

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After someone filed fraudulent paperwork to change the registered agent in Florida for a multi-national corporation, state Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, has filed a bill in Tallahassee to require the state to notify corporations of any proposed changes to their state registration.

Since Florida requires corporations to be registered with the state, Young said in a statement Tuesday, it has a responsibility to protect the information they provide.

"The current system is inadequate,” she said, “and it exposes businesses to fraudulent filings offering little to no protection to the business owner.”

If passed, Senate Bill 610 would require the Department of State to develop a system by the end of 2018 that would notify corporations whenever a document affecting that company was filed with the state. The change in the registered agent that triggered Young’s bill prevented the company from getting notified and therefore being unable to respond to legal filings.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 2:11pm]

    

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