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35-212. Injunctive and civil remedies; time limit; definition
A. The attorney general in the attorney general's discretion may bring an action in the name of the state to:
1. Enjoin the illegal payment of public monies, including violations of section 11-952 and title 41, chapter 23.
2. Recover illegally paid public monies plus twenty percent of that amount together with interest and costs, including reasonable attorney fees, to be paid to the state treasurer or other appropriate official, or, in the case of public monies of a political subdivision that did not originate or were not received from this state, to the political subdivision, to the credit of the fund from which the payment was made.
B. The attorney general may bring an action to recover illegally paid public monies against:
1. Any person who received the illegal payment.
2. The public body or the public officer acting in the officer's official capacity who ordered or caused the illegal payment or has supervisory authority over the person that ordered or caused the illegal payment.
3. The public official, employee or agent who ordered or caused the illegal payment, including a payment ordered or caused to be made without authorization of law.
C. A public official, employee or agent of this state, a political subdivision of this state or a budget unit who is charged with collecting, receiving, safekeeping, transferring or disbursing public monies may be held personally liable for an illegal payment of public monies, including payment made without authorization of law.
D. A public official, employee or agent of this state, a political subdivision of this state or a budget unit who is responsible for disbursing, collecting, receiving, safekeeping or transferring public monies pursuant to a warrant, check or substitute check, electronic funds transfer voucher or other form of claim that does not originate from the public official, employee or agent making the disbursal may not be held personally liable for illegal payments made pursuant to such warrants, checks or substitute checks, electronic funds transfer vouchers or other claims unless the public official, employee or agent knew or should have known that a warrant, check or substitute check, electronic funds transfer voucher or other claim would result in an illegal payment of public monies.
E. An action brought pursuant to this article is subject to title 12, chapter 7, article 2. If the action is brought by the attorney general, the action must be brought within five years after the date an illegal payment was ordered and section 12-821.01 does not apply to the action.
F. For the purposes of this section, "public monies" includes all monies coming into the lawful possession, custody or control of budget units, state agencies, boards, commissions or departments or a state officer, employee or agent in an official capacity, and all monies coming into the lawful possession, custody or control of a tax-supported political subdivision or an officer, employee or agent of a tax-supported political subdivision in an official capacity irrespective of the source from which, or the manner in which, the monies are received.