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 and it will be routed appropriately. Thank you for your patience during this time.

The Department of Banking News Bulletin 

Bulletin # 2895 - Week Ending August 16, 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.



Reorganization into a Mutual Holding Company


On August 15, 2019, The Guilford Savings Bank, a Connecticut-chartered mutual savings bank, filed a notice and application to reorganize as a mutual holding company to be known as GSB Mutual Holding Company pursuant to Section 36a-192 of the Connecticut General Statutes, an application to form a reorganized savings institution to be known as The Guilford Savings Bank pursuant to Section 36a-193 of the Connecticut General Statutes and a proposal to establish a subsidiary holding company to be known as GSB Bancorp, Inc. pursuant to Section 36a-198 of the Connecticut General Statutes. 


Consent Order

On August 5, 2019, the Commissioner entered into a Consent Order with Sortis Financial, Inc. (NMLS # 3761) (“Sortis”), Plano, Texas. The Consent Order was based on an investigation by the Consumer Credit Division. As a result of such investigation, the Commissioner alleged that Sortis failed to file with the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry a change of address of its main office at least 30 calendar days prior to such change and, in connection with such change, failed to provide a bond rider or endorsement, or addendum, as applicable, to the surety bond on file with the Commissioner, in violation of Sections 36a-490(b)(2) and 36a-801(i) of the Connecticut General Statutes. As part of the Consent Order, Sortis paid $500 as a civil penalty.



      Dated:  Tuesday, August 20, 2019


      Jorge L. Perez
      Banking Commissioner