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A. Notwithstanding any other law, if a person intentionally purchases use fuel for use in a use class motor vehicle that is not exempt pursuant to section 28-5432 from the weight fee prescribed in section 28-5433 and the person pays the use fuel tax rate for a light class motor vehicle, all of the following apply:
1. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, the person is subject to a civil penalty of one thousand dollars or ten dollars for each gallon of use fuel dispensed, whichever is greater, and shall pay to the department the difference between the amount of light class motor vehicle use fuel tax paid and the amount of the use class motor vehicle use fuel tax on the same number of gallons purchased.
2. The department may not deny a refund requested by a vendor pursuant to section 28-5614 for that purchase.
3. The department shall not impose any penalty, including a financial penalty of any kind, on a vendor for that purchase if the purchase was determined as a result of any inquiry, including any audit process.
B. For a second or subsequent violation, the civil penalty shall be determined by multiplying the amount prescribed in subsection A of this section by the number of prior violations.
C. A vendor shall not be liable for the civil penalty imposed by this section provided the vendor is not the owner or operator of the vehicle into which the fuel was dispensed or conspired with the purchaser to evade the proper tax rate.