In accordance with Governor Lamont's emergency declaration, employees and the public are asked to observe social distancing measures to ensure communal safety and to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). People are asked to work from home and telecommute wherever possible. Adhering to these instructions, the Department of Banking has closed its offices to the public. However, agency staff will continue to provide services to consumers and industry through telework. When contacting the Department, please use electronic communication whenever possible. Agency staff will continue to check voicemails during this time. Consumers are encouraged to use our online form for complaints. If you are unsure where to send an inquiry, you may send it to Department.Banking@ct.gov and it will be routed appropriately. Thank you for your patience during this time.

The Department of Banking News Bulletin 

Bulletin # 2863 - Week Ending January 4, 2019

 

This bulletin constitutes the only official notification you will receive from this office concerning any of the following applications.  Any observations you may have are solicited.  Any comments should be in writing to Jorge L. Perez, Banking Commissioner, Department of Banking, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103-1800.  Written comments will be considered only if they are received within ten business days from the date of this bulletin.

 

STATE BANK ACTIVITY

Branch Activity

Section 36a-145 of the Connecticut General Statutes requires certain applications for a branch or limited branch at which loans will be made, address how the establishment of the branch will be consistent with safe and sound banking practices and promote the public convenience and advantage. Plans are submitted when such applications are filed and are available for public inspection and comment at the Department for a period of 30 days. Questions concerning branch activity should be directed to the Financial Institutions Division, (860) 240-8180.

DATE:  January 3, 2019
BANK: Collinsville Savings Society, Collinsville
LOCATION:  188 Main Street, Farmington, CT  06032
ACTIVITY-BRANCH TYPE:  Filed to Establish Full Service Branch
 
Special Meeting Notice


On January 25, 2019, pursuant to Section 1-225 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 36a-70(i) of the Supplement to the General Statutes, a special meeting of the Banking Commissioner will be held for the purpose of considering the application of the organizers of TNB USA Inc., Norwalk, Connecticut, for an extension of their Temporary Certificate of Authority to organize an uninsured bank. The meeting is scheduled to be held on January 25, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of Banking, Room 50, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut.

 
CONSUMER CREDIT DIVISION ACTIVITY
Temporary Order to Cease and Desist, Order to Make Restitution, Notice of Intent
to Issue Order to Cease and Desist and Notice of Intent to Impose Civil Penalty
 
On December 26, 2018, the Commissioner issued a Temporary Order to Cease and Desist, Order to Make Restitution (“Order to Make Restitution”), Notice of Intent to Issue Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Impose Civil Penalty and Notice of Right to Hearing (collectively “Notice”) in the Matter of: Doulos Multiple Services, LLC (“Doulos”), Stamford, Connecticut, and Sammy Irizarry (“Irizarry”) (collectively, “Respondents”). The Notice was the result of an investigation by the Consumer Credit Division. The Commissioner alleges that the Respondents engaged in debt negotiation in Connecticut without obtaining the required license, in violation of Section 36a-671(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes in effect prior to October 1, 2017, and that Irizarry engaged in debt negotiation of a residential mortgage loan on behalf of a mortgagor for compensation or gain in Connecticut without obtaining the required mortgage loan originator license. As part of the Order to Make Restitution, Respondents were ordered to repay $2,400 to an identified Connecticut debtor plus interest, and repay to any other Connecticut debtor who entered into an agreement for debt negotiation services with either Respondent on or after October 1, 2009, any fees paid by such Connecticut debtor to either Respondent plus interest. The Commissioner also found that public welfare required the issuance of a Temporary Order to Cease and Desist against Respondents. Respondents were afforded an opportunity to request a hearing with regard to the allegations set forth in the Notice.

Order to Cease and Desist and Order Imposing Civil Penalty

On December 27, 2018, the Commissioner issued an Order to Cease and Desist and Order Imposing Civil Penalty (“Order”) in the Matter of: V & R Recovery, Chicago, Illinois (“Respondent”). The basis of the Order was that Respondent acted within Connecticut as a consumer collection agency without obtaining a consumer collection agency license, in violation of Section 36a-801(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 18-173. The Commissioner ordered Respondent to cease and desist from violating Section 36a-801(a) of the 2018 Supplement to the General Statutes, as amended, and imposed a civil penalty in the amount of $100,000 upon Respondent.
 
SECURITIES AND BUSINESS INVESTMENTS DIVISION ACTIVITY

S P Consulting, LLC and Steven A. Posa d/b/a S P Financial Services Sanctioned for Unregistered Investment Advisory Activity

On December 21, 2018, the Banking Commissioner entered a Consent Order (No. CO-18-8382-S) with respect to Steven A. Posa of Bonita Springs, Florida and S P Consulting, LLC, a dissolved Connecticut limited liability company formerly located at 20 Summer Glen, Bristol, Connecticut. Posa was a founding member of S P Consulting, LLC. The Consent Order alleged that, from approximately August 2013 through June 2015, Posa, individually and on behalf of S P Consulting, LLC provided investment advisory services while unregistered to at least one Connecticut advisory client. Such conduct allegedly violated Section 36b-6(c) of the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act.

The Consent Order acknowledged that, under the oversight of their legal counsel, Posa and S P Consulting, LLC had paid the client $72,269.32 as reimbursement for advisory fees previously remitted and losses resulting from advisory services rendered during the period of unregistered activity.

The Consent Order directed Posa and S P Consulting, LLC to cease and desist from regulatory violations and fined Posa $7,500.

First Allied Securities, Inc. (CRD No. 32444) and First Allied Advisory Services, Inc. (CRD No. 137888)

On January 2, 2019, the Banking Commissioner entered a Consent Order (No. CO-18-8399-S) with respect to First Allied Securities, Inc., a Connecticut-registered broker-dealer located at 655 West Broadway, 12th Floor, San Diego, California 92101, and the firm’s advisory affiliate First Allied Advisory Services, Inc. (collectively, “First Allied”). The Consent Order alleged that First Allied violated Section 36b-31-6f(b) of the Regulations under the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act by failing to establish, enforce and maintain an adequate supervisory system. More specifically, the Consent Order focused on the conduct of one Matthew Charles Woodard, a former broker-dealer agent of ProEquities, Inc. who was also associated with First Allied Securities, Inc. in an unregistered capacity and worked from the firm’s office at 1031 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, Connecticut. Also working from that location was First Allied agent Walter J. Dubiel (CRD No. 4234689). The Consent Order alleged that Dubiel, in contravention of First Allied policies and procedures, shared his First Allied confidential client account log-in credentials with Woodard who then used the credentials to access a First Allied client’s account without the client’s knowledge or consent. As a result, the affected investor incurred trading losses of $19,265.89.

The Consent Order required that First Allied reimburse the affected investor $19,265.89 no later than the date the Consent Order was entered by the Commissioner and provide proof of payment to the agency. In addition, the Consent Order fined First Allied $30,000 and directed it to cease and desist from regulatory violations.

 

      Dated: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

 

      Jorge L. Perez
      Banking Commissioner