Every time you get investigated, you accumulate "points" from the St of IL. If you get fined once, the points remain and the next violation results in more points which results in higher fines. Also, the points and fines & investigations are public record, so if the damaged crop's owner wants to take that info for lawsuit, it's available.
So yes, I guess one can keep violating & receive punishment, but soon you'll be broke & I'll also assume there's something in place for further govt intervention...like "cease & desist" order. But, that's just speculation on my part.
Again, I suggest reading the entire article. Also, this is in the St of IL. That's what the article was about. Maybe other states have no concerns.....I don't know.