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IN THE MATTER OF:
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, SBBNet is a Massachusetts corporation that is currently licensed to act as a mortgage broker under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division of the Department of Banking, conducted an investigation pursuant to the authority granted by Sections 36a-17(a) and 36a-498f of the Connecticut General Statutes, into the activities of SBBNet 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, on May 15, 2014, as a result of the investigation, the Commissioner, acting pursuant to Sections 36a-494(b), 36a-52(a) and 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, issued a Notice of Intent to Issue Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Impose Civil Penalty and Notice of Right to Hearing (“Notice”) against SBBNet, which Notice is incorporated herein by reference;
WHEREAS, the Commissioner alleged in the Notice that SBBNet failed to timely file its mortgage call report (“MCR”) that was due on March 31, 2014 (“2013 Financial Condition”) in violation of Section 36a-534b(c)(3) of Connecticut General Statutes, which such violation forms the basis to issue an order to cease and desist pursuant to Sections 36a-494(b) and 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, and to impose a civil penalty pursuant to Sections 36a-494(b) and 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, on May 16, 2014, the Notice was sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to SBBNet (Certified Mail No. 70121010000172646875);
WHEREAS, on May 20, 2014, SBBNet received the Notice, and on May 27, 2014, requested a hearing;
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, the Commissioner and SBBNet now desire to resolve the matters alleged in the Notice and set forth herein;
WHEREAS, SBBNet admits that the 2013 Financial Condition MCR described in the Notice and set forth herein was not filed on its due date;
WHEREAS, SBBNet acknowledges that this Consent Order is a public record and is a reportable event for purposes of the regulatory disclosure questions on the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry (“NMLS”), as applicable;
WHEREAS, SBBNet voluntarily agrees to consent to the entry of the sanction imposed below, solely for the purpose of obviating the need for further formal administrative proceedings concerning the allegations contained in the Notice and set forth herein;
WHEREAS, SBBNet herein represents to the Commissioner that it has reviewed and updated its internal policies, procedures and controls for timely and accurately filing required reports with the Commissioner through NMLS, as required, or as otherwise permitted under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, SBBNet agrees that the Notice may be used in construing the terms of this Consent Order and agrees to the language of this Consent Order;
AND WHEREAS, SBBNet, through its execution of this Consent Order, voluntarily agrees to waive any applicable procedural rights, including a right to a hearing as it pertains to the allegations contained in the Notice and 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, SBBNet, 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 SBBNet, SBBNet 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 Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500) as a civil penalty.
NOW THEREFORE, the Commissioner enters the following:
|1.||The Sanction set forth above be and is hereby entered;|
|2.||No later than the date this Consent Order is executed by SBBNet, SBBNet shall have satisfactorily filed all MCRs required to date, including but not limited to the 2014 Q1 MCR due on May 15, 2014. In the future, SBBNet shall timely and accurately file all required reports on NMLS or as otherwise permitted under Part I of Chapter 668 of the Connecticut General Statutes in connection with its current, and any future license issued to SBBNet;|
|3.||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 SBBNet based upon the allegations set forth in the Notice and contained herein; provided that issuance of this Consent Order is without prejudice to the right of the Commissioner to take enforcement action against SBBNet 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 SBBNet and reflected herein is subsequently discovered to be untrue;|
|4.||So long as this Consent Order is promptly disclosed by SBBNet and its control persons on NMLS, as applicable, nothing in the issuance of this Consent Order shall adversely affect the ability of SBBNet 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, provided all applicable legal requirements for such license are satisfied; and|
|5.||This Consent Order shall become final when issued.|
Issued at Hartford, Connecticut
this 29th day of August 2014. _______/s/_________
Howard F. Pitkin
I, Russell Straub, state on behalf of SBBNet, Inc. d/b/a LoanBright 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 SBBNet, Inc. d/b/a LoanBright; that SBBNet, Inc. d/b/a LoanBright agrees freely and without threat or coercion of any kind to comply with the sanction entered and terms and conditions ordered herein; and that SBBNet, Inc. d/b/a LoanBright voluntarily agrees to enter into this Consent Order, expressly waiving the procedural rights set forth herein as to the matters described herein.
Name: Russell Straub
SBBNet, Inc. d/b/a LoanBright
State of: Colorado
County of: Jefferson
On this the 10 day of July 2014, before me, Diane van Os, the undersigned officer, personally appeared Russell Straub who acknowledged himself/herself to be the Pres of SBBNet, Inc. d/b/a LoanBright, a corporation, and that he/she as such Pres, being authorized so to do, executed the foregoing instrument for the purposes therein contained, by signing the name of the corporation by himself/herself as Russell Straub, Pres.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.
Date Commission Expires: Mar 16, 2017