What is the penalty for going down with a hand that has more than 10 points?

For example, a player may lay down a 4d,5d,6d but one of the cards is actually of the heart suit.

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Here's one answer from http://ginrummytournaments.com/pdfs/Rules_2012.pdf. Tl;dr if you could have knocked then you can accept his knock and undercut; otherwise game continues, he plays an open hand, and he must knock at first opportunity.

IMPROPER KNOCK: If a player makes an IMPROPER KNOCK, with his count being higher than the knock card, his hand must then be PLAYED OPEN, ALL TEN CARDS FACE UP. He MUST KNOCK when his point count is at the value of the knock or below. HE CANNOT BE FORCED TO KNOCK BY HIS OPPONENT. When a player makes an illegal knock with more than the knock card count, the opponent may accept the knock as proper, provided his point count is the same as the knock card or lower.(example; the knocking point is 8 and a player knocks with 10 points, the opponent with 8 points or less may accept the knock and get credit for the undercut). The opponent may also lay off points to get under the knock. When a player announces he is ginning or knocking, or calls a number and starts to lay his meld down, he must continue to do so. If his hand is not a gin or his knock is not legal he must play an open hand. The opponent may ask that the cards be spread for proper viewing, but may not touch the cards himself.

For casual play however I would tend to let my opponent pick up his cards and play normally - he's the only one who's been hurt by showing them to me.

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    Agree with casual play. I'd only enforce this rule if I'd shown them my hand already because of their call, but if they often made mistakes I'd be more careful about checking their hand before showing mine.
    – Samthere
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 9:42

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