28.1510 Penalty for usury.

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Any person who loans money or extends credit in any manner whatsoever and takes, receives, reserves, or assesses interest, fees, or minimum charges thereon at a rate higher than that allowed by law shall upon conviction be sentenced as for a class A misdemeanor; and in addition, shall forfeit to the debtor the full amount of the debt or obligation upon which the unlawful interest, fee, or minimum was charged.

History: 1962, PL 7-23; 1963, PL 8-13; 1975, PL 14-16§ 3; amd 1980, PL 16-90 § 25.

Case Notes:

Under Territorial statute, one who makes a contract within the territory to extend credit at the rate of 20 per cent commits the crime of usury and is liable to imprisonment and to forfeiture of the entire amount of the debt. A.S.C.A. § 28.1510. Shantilal Brothers Limited v. K.M.S.T. Wholesales, Inc., 9 A.S.R.2d 62 (1988).

Where debtor did not plead usury as a defense to action on debt, court need not decide whether statutory penalty of forfeiture can be invoked in a civil action. A.S.C.A. § 28.1510. Shantilal Brothers Limited v. K.M.S.T. Wholesale, Inc., 9 A.S.R.2d 62 (1988).