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IN THE MATTER OF:
CARDINAL FINANCIAL COMPANY,
WHEREAS, the Banking Commissioner (“Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 to 36a-534c, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes, “Mortgage Lenders, Correspondent Lenders, Brokers and Loan Originators”;
WHEREAS, Cardinal Financial is a Pennsylvania limited partnership that is currently licensed as a mortgage lender under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, on May 12, 2014, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division of the Department of Banking, conducted an investigation pursuant to Section 36a-17(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Acts 14-7 and 14-89, and Section 36a-498f of the Connecticut General Statutes into the activities of Cardinal Financial to determine if it had violated, was violating or was about to violate the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes within the jurisdiction of the Commissioner;
WHEREAS, as a result of such investigation, the Commissioner alleges that Cardinal Financial,
changed the address of a branch office specified on its most recent filing with the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry (“NMLS”) and failed to file such change with NMLS at least 30 calendar days prior to such change, and, in connection with such address change, failed to provide, directly to the commissioner, a bond rider or endorsement, or addendum, as applicable, to the surety bond on file with the Commissioner that reflects the address of the branch office, in violation of Section 36a-490(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, the Commissioner believes that such allegation would support initiation of enforcement proceedings against Cardinal Financial, including proceedings to revoke Cardinal Financial’s license pursuant to Section 36a-494(a) and subsections (a) and (b) of Section 36a-51 of the Connecticut General Statutes, issue a cease and desist order against Cardinal Financial pursuant to Sections 36a-494(b) and 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, and impose a civil penalty of up to one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) per violation on Cardinal Financial pursuant to Sections 36a-494(b) and 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, initiation of such enforcement proceedings would constitute a “contested case” within the meaning of Section 4-166(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, Section 4-177(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 36a-1-55(a) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies provide that a contested case may be resolved by consent order, unless precluded by law;
WHEREAS, both the Commissioner and Cardinal Financial acknowledge the possible consequences of formal administrative proceedings, and Cardinal Financial voluntarily agrees to consent to the entry of the sanction described below without admitting or denying any allegation contained herein and solely for the purpose of obviating the need for further formal administrative proceedings concerning the allegation contained herein;
WHEREAS, Cardinal Financial acknowledges that this Consent Order is a public record and is a reportable event for purposes of NMLS, as applicable;
WHEREAS, Cardinal Financial herein represents to the Commissioner that it has reviewed and updated its internal policies, procedures and controls for assessing whether a potential change to address of a branch specified on its most recent filing with NMLS will require it to file such change with NMLS at least 30 calendar days prior to such change, and, in connection with such new address of a branch, to provide, directly to the Commissioner, a bond rider or endorsement, or addendum, as applicable, to the surety bond on file with the Commissioner that reflects the new address of a branch;
AND WHEREAS, Cardinal Financial, through its execution of this Consent Order, voluntarily agrees to waive its procedural rights, including a right to notice and an opportunity for hearing as it pertains to the allegation set forth herein, and voluntarily waives its right to seek judicial review or otherwise challenge or contest the validity of this Consent Order.
CONSENT TO ENTRY OF SANCTION
WHEREAS, Cardinal Financial, through its execution of this Consent Order, consents to the Commissioner’s entry of a Consent Order imposing the following sanction:
No later than the date this Consent Order is executed by Cardinal Financial, Cardinal Financial shall remit to the Department of Banking by cashier’s check, certified check or money order made payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500) as a civil penalty.
NOW THEREFORE, the Commissioner enters the following:
|1.||The Sanction set forth above be and is hereby entered;|
|2.||Upon issuance of this Consent Order by the Commissioner, this matter will be resolved and the Commissioner will not take any future enforcement action against Cardinal Financial based upon the allegation contained herein; provided that issuance of this Consent Order is without prejudice to the right of the Commissioner to take enforcement action against Cardinal Financial based upon a violation of this Consent Order or the matters underlying its entry, if the Commissioner determines that compliance with the terms herein is not being observed or if any representation made by Cardinal Financial and reflected herein is subsequently discovered to be untrue;|
|3.||So long as this Consent Order is promptly disclosed by Cardinal Financial and its control persons, as applicable, on NMLS, nothing in the issuance of this Consent Order shall adversely affect the ability of Cardinal Financial to apply for or obtain licenses or renewal licenses under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes, and for its mortgage loan originators to apply for or obtain licensure from the Commissioner, provided all applicable legal requirements for such license are satisfied; and|
|4.||This Consent Order shall become final when issued.|
Issued at Hartford, Connecticut
this 28th day of July 2014. _______/s/_________
Howard F. Pitkin
I, German Florez, state on behalf of Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership d/b/a Sebonic Financial that I have read the foregoing Consent Order; that I know and fully understand its contents; that I am authorized to execute this Consent Order on behalf of Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership d/b/a Sebonic Financial; that Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership d/b/a Sebonic Financial agrees freely and without threat or coercion of any kind to comply with the sanction entered and terms and conditions ordered herein; and that Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership d/b/a Sebonic Financial voluntarily agrees to enter into this Consent Order, expressly waiving the procedural rights set forth herein as to the matters described herein.
Name: German Florez
Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership
d/b/a Sebonic Financial
State of: North Carolina
County of: Mecklenburg
On this the 22nd day of July 2014, before me, Emily K Nance, the undersigned officer, personally appeared German Florez who acknowledged himself/herself to be the President of Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership d/b/a Sebonic Financial, and that he/she as such President, being authorized so to do, executed the foregoing instrument for the purposes therein contained, by signing the name of the limited partnership by himself/herself as President.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.
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