NRS 225.084 allows the Secretary of State’s office to investigate complaints and take administrative action, if found to be in violation of NRS 225.084, regarding Commercial Recordings documents offered to the Secretary of State for filing by person(s) unknown to an entity that are alleged to be in violation of NRS 225.084; the offering for filing to the Secretary of State a forged or fraudulent document.
If a box other than None is checked in Section 2 of the Forged or Fraudulent Filing Complaint Form, the Secretary of State's Office may not investigate the complaint because it may be considered a private matter. The Secretary of State does not have the legal staff to determine the legitimacy of a filing when the parties involved have inherent knowledge of one another as there may be agreements in place that the Secretary of State is not aware of.
The filing of a complaint is not intended for settling internal disputes between former or current business partners, spouses, family members, friends/acquaintances, co-workers, competitors, etc.
Please seek legal counsel for any legal advice you may require.
Actions subject to complaint and possible administrative action pursuant to NRS 225.084 include without limitation the listing, without consent, of:
- The name or signature or address of a person as officer, director, registered agent, incorporator or other formal affiliate of an entity on any record filed with the Secretary of State;
- The filing of any record on an entity existing on file with the Secretary of State without the statutory authority as provided by Title 7 of NRS; the forgery or fraudulent alteration of records;
- The filing of records in bad faith or for the purpose of harassing or defrauding a person; and
- The filing of records that contain a false statement of material fact.
Forms (the forms may be downloaded or completed online before printing. If you are unable to do so, please contact Customer Service at (775) 684-5708)
Forged or Fraudulent Filing Complaint Form
Respondent Information Form
The complaint must be submitted on a form prescribed by the Secretary of State.
Upon receipt of the complaint the Secretary of State will review the complaint and determine whether the complaint may be resolved through the administrative process and if the complaint should be referred to another regulatory or enforcement agency for further investigation.
Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller formed the Corporate Ownership Fraud Task Force in 2011 to investigate registered Nevada business entities suspected of being involved in illegal activities including tax evasion, money laundering, securities violations, and the marketing of shell or shelf companies for fraudulent and/or deceptive purposes. The Task Force includes a former criminal prosecutor from the Secretary of State's office; a special agent from the Internal Revenue Service; and the chief deputy attorney general of the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Justice Fraud Division. Task Force members share information related to these types of offenses and jointly investigate when appropriate, and also use shared resources and information to target possible criminal activity.
For more information and resources for fighting different types of fraud, please refer to the following websites: http://fightfraud.nv.gov/ and www.businessIDtheft.org
After review if the Secretary of State determines the complaint may be resolved through the administrative process the complainant will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of the complaint. A letter and a form requesting information will then be sent to the “respondent” (person who offered the documents to the Secretary of State allegedly in violation of NRS 225.084).
The respondent has 30 days from the date of the letter to respond. If there is no response the Secretary of State may find the allegations to be valid and may correct the record and the information at issue in the database and on the website.
Please remit to:
Fax: (775) 684-5725
Attn: Forged or Fraudulent Filings
Secretary of State
Commercial Recordings Division
Attn: Forged or Fraudulent Filings
202 N. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701