2013 Mississippi Code
§ 81-21-9 - Penalty in lieu of revocation or suspension of license

MS Code § 81-21-9 (2013) What's This?

(1) In lieu of revoking or suspending the license for any of the causes enumerated in this chapter, after a hearing as provided in Section 81-21-7, the commissioner may subject the company to a penalty not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($ 500.00) for each offense when the commissioner finds that the public interest would not be harmed by the continued operation of the company. The amount of any such penalty shall be paid by the company to the commissioner for deposit into the special fund in the State Treasury designated as the "Consumer Finance Fund." At any hearing provided by this chapter, the commissioner shall have authority to administer oaths to witnesses. Anyone testifying falsely, after having been administered such oath, shall be subject to the penalty of perjury.

(2) If any person engages in business as provided for in this chapter without paying the license fee provided for in this chapter before commencing business or before the expiration of the person's current license, as the case may be, then the person shall be liable for the full amount of the license fee, plus a penalty in an amount not to exceed Twenty-five Dollars ($ 25.00) for each day that the person has engaged in the business without a license or after the expiration of a license.

(3) When the commissioner has reasonable cause to believe that a person is violating any provision of this chapter, the commissioner, in addition to and without prejudice to the authority provided elsewhere in this chapter, may enter an order requiring the person to stop and refrain from the violation. The commissioner may sue in any circuit court of the state having jurisdiction and venue to enjoin the person from engaging in or continuing the violation or from doing any act in furtherance of the violation. In such an action, the court may enter an order or judgment awarding a preliminary or permanent injunction.

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