(a) Any person, firm, corporation, association or other legal entity who or which shall violate the provisions of § 27-18-45 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be fined in an amount of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), imprisonment for up to one year, or by both fine and imprisonment.
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 27-18-46
- Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
- Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
- Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
- person: extends to and includes co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6.
(b) In addition to the criminal sanctions set forth in subsection (a) of this section, any person, firm, corporation, association or other legal entity who or which shall willfully or negligently violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty, to be assessed by the insurance commissioner, in the maximum amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for each violation, and each violation shall constitute a separate and distinct offense under this section.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 167, § 1.)