California Code, Government Code - GOV § 12591.1

(a) Any person who violates any provision of this article with intent to deceive or defraud any charity or individual is liable for a civil penalty not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

(b) The Attorney General may issue a cease and desist order whenever the Attorney General finds that any entity or person that is subject to the provisions of this article pursuant to Section 12581 , or its agent, servant, or employee, has committed an act that would constitute a violation of, or is operating in violation of, this article, or its implementing regulations, or an order issued by the Attorney General, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

(1) Has refused or failed, after notice, to produce any records of the organization or to disclose any information required to be disclosed under this article or Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 300) of Division 1 of Title 11 of the California Code of Regulations.

(2) Has made a material false statement in an application, statement, or report required to be filed under this article or Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 300) of Division 1 of Title 11 of the California Code of Regulations.

(3) Has failed to file a financial report, or has filed an incomplete financial report, that is required by this article or Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 300) of Division 1 of Title 11 of the California Code of Regulations.

(4) Has engaged in any act prohibited pursuant to Section 12599.6 .

(c) The Attorney General may impose a penalty on any person or entity, not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) per act or omission, for each act or omission that constitutes a violation of this article or Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 300) of Division 1 of Title 11 of the California Code of Regulations.  At least five days prior to imposing that penalty, the Attorney General shall provide notice to the person or entity that committed the violation by certified mail to the address of record at the Registry of Charitable Trusts.  Penalties shall accrue, commencing on the fifth day after notice is given, at a rate of one hundred dollars ($100) per day for each day until that person or entity corrects that violation.  Penalties shall stop accruing as of the date set forth in the written notice provided by the Attorney General that the violation or omission subject to penalties has been corrected or remedied.

(d) If the Attorney General assesses penalties under this section, the Attorney General may suspend the registration of that person or entity in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 999.6 of Title 11 of the California Code of Regulations .  Registration shall be automatically suspended until the fine is paid and no registration shall be renewed until the fine is paid.

(e) Any person or entity that the Attorney General has filed an action against pursuant to this section may request a hearing to review that action in accordance with the procedures set forth in Chapter 15 (commencing with Section 999.1) of Division 1 of Title 11 of the California Code of Regulations and rules adopted by the Attorney General.  Any request for hearing shall be made within 30 days after the Attorney General has served the person with notice of the action.  That notice shall be deemed effective upon mailing.

(f) The Attorney General may apply to a superior court of the State of California for relief, and the court may issue a temporary injunction or a permanent injunction to restrain violations of this chapter, appoint a receiver, order restitution or an accounting, or grant other relief as may be appropriate to ensure the due application of charitable funds.  Those proceedings shall be brought in the name of the state.

(g) All penalties paid to the Attorney General pursuant to this section shall be used by the Department of Justice in accordance with the provisions of Section 12586.2 .

(h) Any offense committed under this article involving a solicitation may be deemed to have been committed at either the place at which the solicitation was initiated or at the place where the solicitation was received.

(i) Any person who violates only subdivision (c) , (d) , (e) , or (f) of Section 12586.1 shall not be liable for a civil penalty under subdivision (b) if the person (1) has not received reasonable notice of the violation and (2) has not been given a reasonable opportunity to correct the violation.  The Attorney General shall notify in writing a person who violates only subdivision (c) , (d) , (e) , or (f) of Section 12586.1 that he or she has 30 days to correct the violation.

(j) The recovery of a civil penalty pursuant to this section precludes assessment of a late fee pursuant to Section 12586.1 for the same offense.


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