SECTION 1. Chapter 167B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2002 official edition, is amended by inserting after section 10 the following new section:-
Section 10A. If a financial institution fails to pay a preauthorized transfer authorized by a consumer for any reason other than those stated in section 10, and as a result the consumer is charged with a fine, penalty and/or late charge, by a third party then said financial institution shall pay the third party or reimburse the consumer the fine, penalty and/or charge, and any interest associated with the failure to pay within 5 days of discovering the error by the financial institution or within 5 days of when the consumer reports to the error to the financial consumer. Should a financial institution who willfully and knowingly fails to comply with this section, then a consumer shall be entitled to treble damages as determined under clause (1) of subsection (a) of section 20 from said financial institution.
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