31-1-712. Notice of violation -- administrative hearing -- penalties -- liability. (1) If the department has probable cause to believe that a licensed or unlicensed person has violated any of the provisions of this part, a rule promulgated under this part, or an order issued by the department or has made a material misrepresentation to the department by act or omission, the department may issue a notice stating the alleged violation to the person.
(2) (a) The notice referred to in subsection (1) must comply with 2-4-601 and must include a statement that the person has an opportunity to request an administrative hearing under the Montana Administrative Procedure Act within 14 days of the date that the department's notice was mailed to the person.
(b) The department shall mail the notice by certified mail to a licensee's address of record with the department or to an unlicensed person at an address for the person known to the department. The department has complied with the service of process upon mailing the notice by certified mail.
(3) If a person served with a notice under subsection (2) admits to or does not contest having violated or is found after an administrative hearing to have violated this part, a rule promulgated under this part, or an order issued by the department or to have made a material misrepresentation to the department by act or omission, the department may impose a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000 for each violation and may issue an order revoking or suspending the right of the person or licensee, directly or through an officer, agent, employee, or representative, to do business in this state as a licensee or to engage in the business of making deferred deposit loans. In addition, the department may order restitution to borrowers and reimbursement for the department's cost in bringing the administrative action. The department's remedies specified in this part are cumulative, except that the remedies in 31-1-724 pertaining to a consumer's private rights of action are not available to the department.
(4) In addition to the penalties in subsection (3), any deferred deposit loan made by an unlicensed person is void, and the unlicensed person may not directly or indirectly collect, receive, or retain any loan principal, interest, fees, or other charges related to the loan.
(5) A revocation, suspension, or surrender of a license does not relieve the licensee from civil or criminal liability for acts committed prior to the revocation, suspension, or surrender of the license.
(6) The department may reinstate any suspended or revoked license if there is not a fact or condition existing at the time of reinstatement that would have justified the department's refusal to originally issue the license. If a license has been suspended or revoked for cause, an application may not be made for the issuance of a new license or the reinstatement of a suspended or revoked license for a period of 6 months from the date of suspension or revocation.
(7) All civil penalties collected pursuant to this section must be deposited in the state general fund.