46 U.S. Code § 12507 - Penalties
(a) A person shall be fined under title 18, imprisoned for not more than 2 years, or both, if the person with the intent to defraud—
provides false information to the Secretary of Transportation or a State issuing authority regarding the identification of a vessel under this chapter; or
tampers with, removes, or falsifies the unique vessel identification number assigned to a vessel under section 12502 of this title.
(b) A person is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 if the person—
provides false information to the Secretary or a State issuing authority regarding the identification of a vessel under this chapter;
violates section 12502 of this title; or
fails to comply with requirements prescribed by the Secretary under section 12505 of this title.
A vessel involved in a violation of this chapter, or regulation under this chapter, and its equipment, may be seized by, and forfeited to, the Government.
If a person, not an individual, is involved in a violation of this chapter, the president or chief executive of the person also is subject to any penalty provided under this section.
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