Code of the District of Columbia

§ 22–937. Civil penalties for financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult or elderly person.

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the Attorney General has reason to believe that any person has violated, or intends to violate, § 22-933.01(a), the Attorney General may bring a civil action in the Court, in the name of the District, to seek any of the following:

(1) A temporary or permanent injunction;

(2) Restitution of money or property;

(3) The cost of the action, including reasonable attorney's fees;

(4)(A) Revocation of all permits, licenses, registrations, or certifications issued by the District authorizing the person to provide services to vulnerable adults or elderly persons.

(B) Such a revocation shall be effective upon the issuance of the Court's judgment, and the person shall not be entitled to a hearing with the relevant licensing board or agency;

(5) Civil penalties of not more than $10,000 per violation; and

(6) Any other relief the Court considers just.

(b) In an action under this section:

(1) A related criminal proceeding need not have been initiated, nor judgment secured, prior to bringing the action;

(2) The Attorney General shall not be required to prove damages; and

(3) The burden of proof shall be by a preponderance of the evidence.