17:33A-10 Subpena powers; violations by persons licensed by State.
10. a. If the bureau has reason to believe that a person has engaged in, or is engaging in, an act or practice which violates this act, or any other relevant statute or regulation, the commissioner or his designee, after consulting with the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor or his designee, may administer oaths and affirmations, request or compel the attendance of witnesses or the production of documentS.The commissioner, after consulting with the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor or his designee, may issue, or designate another to issue, subpenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, records, accounts, papers and documents.Witnesses who are not licensees of the Department of Banking and Insurance shall be entitled to receive the same fees and mileage as persons summoned to testify in the courts of the State.
If a person subpenaed pursuant to this section shall neglect or refuse to obey the command of the subpena, a judge of the Superior Court may, on proof by affidavit of service of the subpena, of payment or tender of the fees required and of refusal or neglect by the person to obey the command of the subpena, issue a warrant for the arrest of said person to bring him before the judge, who is authorized to proceed against the person as for a contempt of court.
b. If matter that the bureau or Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor seeks to obtain by request is located outside the State, the person so required may make it available to the bureau or office, as the case may be, or its representative to examine the matter at the place where it is located. The bureau or office may designate representatives, including officials of the state in which the matter is located, to inspect the matter on its behalf, and it may respond to similar requests from officials of other states.
C.If (1) a practitioner, (2) an owner, administrator or employee of any hospital, (3) an insurance company, agent, broker, solicitor or adjuster, or (4) any other person licensed by a licensing authority of this State, or an agent, representative or employee of any of them is found to have violated any provision of this act, the commissioner or the Attorney General shall notify the appropriate licensing authority of the violation so that the licensing authority may take appropriate administrative action. The licensing authority shall report quarterly to the commissioner through the Bureau of Fraud Deterrence about the status of all pending referrals.
L.1983,c .320, s.10; amended 1997, c.151, s.6; 2010, c.32, s.5.
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