Domestic Insurance Companies

SECTION 27-1-12

§ 27-1-12. Summons of witnesses – Obstruction or refusal to testify.

The insurance commissioner, or the commissioner's duly authorized agent, may summon and examine under oath all directors, officers, and other agents of the insurance company and any other witnesses as the commissioner may think proper in relation to the affairs, transactions, and condition of the company. Any director, officer, agent, or other person who refuses without justifiable cause to appear and testify whenever required, or who in any way obstructs the commissioner or the commissioner's agent in the discharge of his or her duties as prescribed in this chapter, shall be fined not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000) or be imprisoned not exceeding two (2) years, and if the person refusing or obstructing is a director, officer, or agent of the company, the company may also be proceeded against.

History of Section.
(G.L. 1896, ch. 181, § 3; G.L. 1909, ch. 219, § 3; G.L. 1923, ch. 255, § 3; G.L. 1938, ch. 150, § 2; impl. am. P.L. 1953, ch. 3174, § 5; G.L. 1956, § 27-1-12.)