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1. The public service commission upon its own motion may, and upon the verified complaint in writing of any person shall, investigate the activities of any licensee or any person who shall assume to act in such capacity within the state and shall have the power to suspend or revoke a license when the licensee, in performing or attempting to perform any of the acts included within the scope of this chapter, has performed one or more of the following:
a. Made a material false statement in the licensee's application for a license or in any information furnished to the commission.
b. Made a substantial and willful misrepresentation relating to an auction sale which injures the party for which the licensee acts as agent.
c. Made any false promise of a character such as to influence, persuade, or induce a party to an auction sale to that party's injury or damage.
d. Failed to account for or to remit, within a reasonable time, not exceeding thirty days, any moneys coming into the licensee's possession belonging to another, commingled funds of others with the licensee's own, failed to keep such funds or others in an escrow or trust account with a bank or other recognized depository in this state, or failed to keep records relative to the deposits, which must contain such information as prescribed by the rules of the commission.
e. Pled guilty or nolo contendere before, or been convicted by, any federal court or a court of competent jurisdiction in this or any other state of an offense determined by the commission to have a direct bearing upon a person's ability to serve the public as an auctioneer, or the board determines, following conviction of any offense, that the person is not sufficiently rehabilitated under section 12.1-33-02.1.
f. Failed or refused upon demand to produce any document, book, or records in the licensee's possession or under the licensee's control, concerning any auction sale under investigation by the commission.
g. Failed to deliver to the seller in every auction sale a complete, detailed closing statement showing all the receipts and disbursements handled by such licensee for the seller and to retain true copies of such statements in the licensee's files for two years.
h. Violated any provisions of this chapter or chapter 41-02, 51-12, or 51-15, or rule or regulation promulgated by the commission.
2. If the public service commission declines or fails to approve an application submitted to it, it shall immediately give notice of that fact to the applicant, and upon request from such applicant filed within twenty days after the receipt of such notice, shall fix a time and place for a hearing, of which twenty days' notice must be given to such applicant and to other persons interested or protesting, to offer such evidence relating to the application. In such cases the commission shall fix the time for such hearing on a date within sixty days from receipt of the request for the particular hearing, provided the time of hearing may be continued from time to time with the consent of the applicant. As a result of such hearing, the commission may either approve the application if all of the applicable provisions of this chapter have been met, or it may sustain its prior decision refusing to approve the application.
3. No license may be revoked or suspended except after hearing before the public service commission with a copy of the charges having been duly served upon the licensee and upon sustaining the charges for suspension or revocation. The provisions of chapter 28-32, including but not limited to procedures for service of process, hearing, rules, evidence, findings, and appeals, apply to and govern all proceedings for suspension or revocation of license, except when inconsistent with this chapter.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - North Dakota Century Code Title 51. Sales and Exchanges § 51-05.1-03. Investigation--Grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of license--Hearing on appeal - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nd/title-51-sales-and-exchanges/nd-cent-code-sect-51-05-1-03/
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