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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 499
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F.S. 499.92
499.92 Criminal acts.
(1) A person commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, if he or she:
(a) Adulterates or misbrands a medical gas with intent to defraud or deceive;
(b) Knowingly purchases or receives a medical gas from a person not legally authorized to distribute or dispense medical gas;
(c) Knowingly engages in the wholesale distribution of, or sells, barters, brokers, or transfers, a medical gas to a person not legally authorized to purchase or receive medical gas in the jurisdiction in which the person receives the medical gas. A permitted wholesale distributor that provides oxygen to a permitted medical oxygen retail establishment that is out of compliance with only the change of location notice requirement under s. 499.833(3)(a) does not commit a violation of this paragraph if the wholesale distributor notifies the department of the transaction no later than the next business day; or
(d) Knowingly falsely creates a label for a medical gas or knowingly misrepresents a factual matter contained in a label for a medical gas.
(2) A person found guilty of an offense under this section, under the authority of the court convicting and sentencing the person, shall be ordered to forfeit to the state any real or personal property:
(a) Used or intended to be used to commit, to facilitate, or to promote the commission of such offense; and
(b) Constituting, derived from, or traceable to the gross proceeds that the defendant obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the offense.
(3) Property or assets subject to forfeiture under subsection (2) may be seized pursuant to a warrant obtained in the same manner as a search warrant or as otherwise authorized by law, and held until the case against a defendant is adjudicated. Moneys ordered forfeited, or proceeds from the sale of other assets ordered forfeited, shall be equitably divided between the department and other agencies involved in the investigation and prosecution that led to the conviction. Other property ordered forfeited after conviction of a defendant may, at the discretion of the investigating agencies, be placed into official use by the department or the agencies involved in the investigation and prosecution that led to the conviction.
History.s. 28, ch. 2014-89; s. 65, ch. 2015-2.