Delaware Laws - Title 29 State Government
CHAPTER 48. LOTTERIES
Subchapter I. State Lottery

Sec. 4823. Enforcement. (11097)(1-click HTML)

(a) Whoever violates this chapter or any rule or regulation duly promulgated thereunder, or any condition of a license issued pursuant to Sec. 4805 of this title, or any administrative order issued pursuant to this section, shall be punishable as follows: (11098)

(1) If the violation has been completed, by a civil penalty imposed by Superior Court, which shall have jurisdiction of civil penalty actions brought pursuant to this section, of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 for each completed violation. Each day of a continued violation shall be considered as a separate violation if, on each such day, the violator has knowledge of the facts constituting the violation and knows or should know that such facts constitute or may constitute a violation. Lack of knowledge regarding such facts or violation shall not be a defense to a continued violation with respect to the first day of its occurrence. (11099)

(2) If the violation is continuing or there is a substantial likelihood that it will reoccur, the Director may also seek a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction or permanent injunction in the Court of Chancery, which shall have jurisdiction of an action for such relief. (11100)

(3) In the Director's discretion, the Director may impose an administrative penalty of not more than $1,000 for each violation. Each day of continued violation shall be considered as a separate violation if the violator has knowledge of the facts constituting the violation and knows or should know that such facts constitute or may constitute a violation. Lack of knowledge regarding such facts or violation shall not be a defense to a continued violation with respect to the first day of its occurrence. Prior to the assessment of an administrative penalty, written notice of the Director's proposal to impose such penalty shall be given to the violator, and the violator shall have 30 days from receipt of such notice to request a public hearing. Any public hearing, if requested, shall be held prior to the imposition of the penalty and shall be governed by Sec. 10125 of this title. If no hearing is timely requested, the proposed penalty shall become final and shall be paid no later than 60 days from receipt of the notice of proposed penalty. Assessment of an administrative penalty shall take into account the circumstances, nature and gravity of the violation, as well as any prior history of violations, the degree of culpability, the economic benefit to the violator resulting from the violation, any economic loss to the State and such other matters as justice may require. In the event of nonpayment of an administrative penalty within 30 days after all legal appeal rights have been waived or otherwise exhausted, a civil action may be brought by the Director in Superior Court for the collection of the penalty, and for interest, from the date payment was due, attorneys" fees and other legal costs and expenses. The validity or amount of such administrative penalty shall not be subject to review in an action to collect the penalty. Any penalty imposed after a public hearing is held pursuant to this subsection shall be appealable to Superior Court, and such appeal shall be governed by Sec. 10142 of this title. (11101)

(4) In the Director's discretion, the Director may endeavor to obtain compliance with requirements of this chapter by written administrative order. Such order shall be provided to the responsible party, shall specify the complaint, and propose a time for correction of the violation. It may also provide an opportunity for a public hearing at which the Director shall hear and consider any submission relevant to the violation, corrective action or the deadline for correcting the violation. (11102)

(b) The Director shall enforce this chapter. (11103)

(c) Any interest, costs or expense collected under this section shall be appropriated to the State Lottery Office to carry out the purposes of this chapter. (11104)

(71 Del. Laws, c. 253, Sec. 11.) (11105)

  

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