(a) A person commits the crime of misapplication of property if, with knowledge that he is misapplying and that the misapplication involves substantial risk of loss or detriment to the owner of the property or to a person for whose benefit the property was entrusted, he misapplies or disposes of property that has been entrusted to him as a fiduciary or that is property of the government or a financial institution.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 13A-9-51

  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • property: includes both real and personal property. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.

(b) “Fiduciary” includes a trustee, guardian, executor, administrator, receiver or any other person acting in a fiduciary capacity, or any person carrying on fiduciary functions on behalf of a corporation or other organization which is a fiduciary.

(c) To “misapply” means to deal with the property contrary to law or governmental regulation of the custody or disposition of that property; “governmental regulation” includes administrative and judicial rules and orders as well as statutes and ordinances.

(d) Misapplication of property is a Class A misdemeanor.

(Acts 1977, No. 607, p. 812, §4155.)