2005 Rhode Island Code - § 7-1.2-1604 — Interrogatories.(a) The secretary of state may propound to any domestic or foreign corporation subject to the provisions of this chapter, and to any of its officers or directors, any interrogatories that may be reasonably necessary and proper to enable the secretary of state to ascertain whether the corporation has complied with all the applicable provisions of this chapter. The interrogatories must be answered within thirty (30) days after their mailing, or within any additional time that is fixed by the secretary of state, and the answers to the interrogatories must be full and complete and made in writing and under oath. If the interrogatories are directed to an individual they must be answered by him or her, and if directed to a corporation they must be answered by the president, vice president, secretary, or assistant secretary of the corporation. The secretary of state need not file any document to which the interrogatories relate until the interrogatories are answered as provided in these provisions, and not then if the interrogatory answers disclose that the document is not in conformity with the provisions of this chapter. The secretary of state shall certify to the attorney general, for any action that the attorney general deems appropriate, all interrogatories and their answers which disclose a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.
(b) Each corporation, domestic or foreign, that fails or refuses to answer truthfully and fully within the time prescribed by this chapter interrogatories propounded by the secretary of state, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction of it may be fined in any amount not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500).
(c) Interrogatories propounded by the secretary of state and the answers to the interrogatories are not open to public inspection, nor may the secretary of state disclose any facts or information obtained from them except insofar as the secretary's official duty requires the facts or information to be made public or in the event the interrogatories or their answers are required for evidence in any criminal proceedings or in any other action by this state.
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