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(A) Any person, firm, association or corporation, whose failure, omission, default or violation it may be, shall be subject to a penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for failure or omission to keep the records required herein or for the violation of any of the other provisions hereof, and each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense. Garrett County shall have a prior lien for all delinquent taxes, penalties and interests on all property and equipment used by the producer of gas in the business of producing gas, and if any producer of gas shall fail to remit the proper taxes, penalties and interest due, or any of them, the County Commissioners may employ auditors or other persons to ascertain the correct amount due, and the producer of gas shall be liable, as additional penalty, for the reasonable expenses of the reasonable value of such services of representatives of the County Commissioners incurred in such investigation and audit. The County Commissioners of Garrett County are authorized to collect all delinquent taxes, penalties and other amounts due and to enforce all liens under this law by civil suit.
(1986 Code, § 74-7) (1957 Code, § 434; 1951, Ch. 265, §302G; Md. S.B. 651, passed 5-19-2009)
(B) (1) Whoever shall, as a producer or as agent or representative of a producer, knowingly make any false entries or fail to make any proper entries in the books required by this chapter with the intent to defraud Garrett County, or whoever, as such, shall knowingly make a false or incomplete report as required by the provisions of this chapter, or whoever, as such, shall knowingly fail or refuse to make the report required to be made, or whoever, as such, shall destroy, mutilate or secrete any of the records required to be kept by the provisions of this chapter, or whoever, as such, shall hide or secrete with the intent to defraud any of the property upon which a lien is created hereunder, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in a sum of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, or be confined in the county jail for not more than 12 months, or be punishable by both such fine and imprisonment.
(2) In addition thereto, the producer or agent thereof shall forfeit to Garrett County, for any offense or the violation of any of the provisions hereof or any rule or regulation, a penalty of $1,000 for each such offense, to be recovered by Garrett County in a civil suit. The penalties prescribed in this section, both criminal and civil, are in addition to any and all other penalties prescribed in this chapter.
(1986 Code, § 74-9) (1957 Code, § 436; 1951. Ch. 265, § 302-I; Md. S.B. 651, passed 5-19-2009)