Any sale or lease of real property or any interest therein of the state made in violation of this article shall be null and void, and the person or persons violating this article shall be subject to criminal prosecution by the Attorney General. In addition to the prosecution, damages for loss or injury to the state may be recovered for the State of Alabama by the Attorney General by civil action in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County. The expenses of investigation, or litigation and prosecution, or both, under this article shall be reimbursed from funds recovered to the Attorney General. All other moneys recovered by the Attorney General shall be deposited in the State General Fund. Violation of this article shall also constitute a Class C felony punishable as prescribed by law.