2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:30B-13 - Injunction in addition to penalties, enforcement provisions.

17B:30B-13 Injunction in addition to penalties, enforcement provisions.

13. a. In addition to the penalties and other enforcement provisions of this act, if any person violates this act or any regulation implementing this act, the commissioner may seek an injunction in a court of competent jurisdiction and may apply for temporary and permanent orders that the commissioner determines are necessary to restrain the person from committing the violation.

b. Any person damaged by the acts of a person in violation of this act may bring a civil action against the person committing the violation in a court of competent jurisdiction.

c. The commissioner may issue, in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), a cease and desist order upon a person that violates any provision of this act, any regulation or order adopted by the commissioner, or any written agreement entered into with the commissioner.

d. When the commissioner finds that an activity in violation of this act presents an immediate danger to the public that requires an immediate final order, the commissioner may issue an emergency cease and desist order reciting with particularity the facts underlying the findings. The emergency cease and desist order is effective immediately upon service of a copy of the order on the respondent and remains effective for 90 days. If the commissioner begins non-emergency cease and desist proceedings, the emergency cease and desist order remains effective, absent an order by a court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).

e. In addition to the penalties and other enforcement provisions of this act, any person who violates this act shall be subject to civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation which may be collected in a summary proceeding pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.). The commissioner's order may require a person found to be in violation of this act to make restitution to persons aggrieved by violations of this act.

f. A person convicted of a violation of this act shall be ordered to pay restitution to persons aggrieved by the violation of this act. Restitution shall be ordered in addition to a fine or imprisonment, but not in lieu of a fine or imprisonment.

g. A person convicted of a violation of this act may be sentenced in accordance with paragraph (1), (2), (3) or (4) of this subsection based on the greater of: the value of property, services, or other benefit wrongfully obtained or attempted to be obtained; or the aggregate economic loss suffered by any person as a result of the violation. A person convicted of a fraudulent viatical settlement act shall be ordered to pay restitution to persons aggrieved by the fraudulent viatical settlement act. Restitution shall be ordered in addition to a fine or imprisonment but not in lieu of a fine or imprisonment.

(1) Imprisonment for not more than 20 years or payment of a fine of not more than $100,000, or both, if the value of the viatical settlement contract is more than $35,000;

(2) Imprisonment for not more than 10 years or payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both, if the value of the viatical settlement contract is more than $2,500 but not more than $35,000;

(3) Imprisonment for not more than five years or payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both, if the value of the viatical settlement contract is more than $500 but not more than $2,500; or

(4) Imprisonment for not more than one year or payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both, if the value of the viatical settlement contract is $500 or less.

h. In any prosecution under paragraphs (1), (2), (3) and (4) of subsection g. of this section the value of the viatical settlement contracts within any six-month period may be aggregated and the defendant charged accordingly in applying the provisions of this section; provided that, when two or more offenses are committed by the same person in two or more counties, the accused may be prosecuted in any county in which one of the offenses was committed for all of the offenses aggregated under this section. The applicable statute of limitations provision shall not begin to run until the insurance company or law enforcement agency is aware of the fraud, but in no event may the prosecution be commenced later than seven years after the act has occurred.

L.2005,c.229,s.13.

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