2011 Kansas Code
Chapter 40. - INSURANCE
Article 50. - VIATICAL SETTLEMENTS
40-5013 Same; penalties.
40-5013. Same; penalties. (a) If the commissioner determines after notice and opportunity for a hearing that any person has engaged or is engaging in any act or practice constituting a violation of any provision of this act, the Kansas insurance statutes or any rule and regulation or order thereunder, the commissioner may in the exercise of discretion, order any one or more of the following:
(1) Payment of a monetary penalty of not more than $1,000 for each and every act or violation, unless the person knew or reasonably should have known such person was in violation of this act, the Kansas insurance statutes or any rule and regulation or order thereunder, in which case the penalty shall be not more than $2,000 for each and every act or violation;
(2) suspension or revocation of the person's license or certificate if such person knew or reasonably should have known that such person was in violation of this act, the Kansas insurance statutes or any rule and regulation or order thereunder; or
(3) that such person cease and desist from the unlawful act or practice and take such affirmative action as in the judgment of the commissioner will carry out the purposes of the violated or potentially violated provision.
(b) If any person fails to file any report or other information with the commissioner as required by statute or fails to respond to any proper inquiry of the commissioner, the commissioner, after notice and opportunity for hearing, may impose a penalty of up to $500 for each violation or act, along with an additional penalty of up to $100 for each week thereafter that such report or other information is not provided to the commissioner.
(c) If the commissioner makes written findings of fact that there is a situation involving an immediate danger to the public health, safety or welfare or the public interest will be irreparably harmed by delay in issuing an order under paragraph (3) of subsection (a), the commissioner may issue an emergency temporary cease and desist order. Such order, even when not an order within the meaning of K.S.A. 77-502, and amendments thereto, shall be subject to the same procedures as an emergency order issued under K.S.A. 77-536, and amendments thereto. Upon the entry of such an order, the commissioner shall promptly notify the person subject to the order that: (1) It has been entered; (2) the reasons therefor; and (3) that upon written request within 15 days after service of the order the matter will be set for a hearing which shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Kansas administrative procedure act. If no hearing is requested and none is ordered by the commissioner, the order will remain in effect until it is modified or vacated by the commissioner. If a hearing is requested or ordered, the commissioner, after notice of and opportunity for hearing to the person subject to the order, by written findings of fact and conclusions of law, shall vacate, modify or make permanent the order.
(d) (1) Any person who violates the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a:
(A) Severity level 7, nonperson felony if the value of the viatical settlement contract is $25,000 or more;
(B) severity level 9, nonperson felony if the value of the viatical settlement contract is at least $1,000 but less than $25,000; or
(C) class A nonperson misdemeanor if the value of the viatical settlement contract is less than $1,000.
(2) If the value of the insurance premium is less than $1,000 and such agent or broker has, within five years immediately preceding commission of the crime, been convicted of violating this section two or more times shall be guilty of a severity level 9, nonperson felony.
(e) Restitution may be ordered in addition to, but not in lieu of, any other penalty imposed under this act.
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