49 U.S. Code § 13508 - Limited authority over cooperative associations
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Limited authority over cooperative associations
(a)In General.—Notwithstanding section 13506(a)(5), any cooperative association (as defined by section 15(a) of the Agricultural Marketing Act (12 U.S.C. 1141j(a))) or a federation of cooperative associations shall prepare and maintain such records relating to transportation provided by such association or federation, in such form as the Secretary or the Board may require by regulation to carry out the provisions of such section 13506(a)(5). The Secretary or the Board, or an employee designated by the Secretary or the Board, may on demand and display of proper credentials—
Notwithstanding section 13506(a)(5), the Secretary or the Board may require a cooperative association or federation of cooperative associations described in subsection (a) of this section to file reports with the Secretary or the Board containing answers to questions about transportation provided by such association or federation.
(d) Reporting Penalties.—
(1)In general.—A person required to make a report to the Secretary or the Board, answer a question, or maintain a record under this section, or an officer, agent, or employee of that person, that—
is liable to the United States for a civil penalty of not more than $500 for each violation and for not more than $250 for each additional day the violation continues.
(2)Venue.—Trial in a civil action under paragraph (1) shall be in the judicial district in which—
Process in the action may be served in the judicial district of which the offender is an inhabitant or in which the offender may be found.
A person, or an officer, employee, or agent of that person, that by any means knowingly and willfully tries to evade compliance with the provisions of this section shall be fined at least $200 but not more than $500 for the first violation and at least $250 but not more than $2,000 for a subsequent violation.
(f)Recordkeeping Penalties.—A person required to make a report, answer a question, or maintain a record under this section, or an officer, agent, or employee of that person, that—
willfully does not specifically, completely, and truthfully answer that question in 30 days from the date that the question is required to be answered;
knowingly and willfully makes a false or incomplete entry in that record about a business-related fact or transaction; or
knowingly and willfully maintains a record in violation of a regulation or order issued under this section;
shall be fined not more than $5,000.
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