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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, SecurityNational is a Utah corporation 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 January 11, 2013, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division of the Department of Banking, conducted an examination pursuant to Sections 36a-17 and 36a-498f of the Connecticut General Statutes into the activities of SecurityNational 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 examination, the Commissioner alleges that SecurityNational, during the period of September 19 through November 30, 2012, accepted applications from one (1) individual as a mortgage loan originator who was not licensed, in violation of Section 36a-496 of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, the Commissioner believes that such allegation would support initiation of enforcement proceedings against SecurityNational, including proceedings to revoke SecurityNational’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 SecurityNational 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 SecurityNational 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 SecurityNational acknowledge the possible consequences of formal administrative proceedings, and SecurityNational 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, SecurityNational 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, SecurityNational herein represents to the Commissioner that it has reviewed and updated its internal policies, procedures and controls for assessing whether an individual engaged in mortgage-related activity with SecurityNational requires licensure from the Commissioner under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes, and agrees that it will not engage the services of an individual as a mortgage loan originator in the future without first confirming that such individual is duly licensed;
AND WHEREAS, SecurityNational, 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, SecurityNational, 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 SecurityNational, SecurityNational 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 Four Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($4,500) 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 SecurityNational 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 SecurityNational 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 SecurityNational and reflected herein is subsequently discovered to be untrue;|
|3.||So long as this Consent Order is promptly disclosed by SecurityNational on NMLS, nothing in the issuance of this Consent Order shall adversely affect the ability of SecurityNational 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 February 2014. ________/s/_________
Howard F. Pitkin
I, Steve Johnson, state on behalf of SecurityNational Mortgage Company d/b/a Southern Security Mortgage Company 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 SecurityNational Mortgage Company d/b/a Southern Security Mortgage Company; that SecurityNational Mortgage Company d/b/a Southern Security Mortgage Company agrees freely and without threat or coercion of any kind to comply with the sanction entered and terms and conditions ordered herein; and that SecurityNational Mortgage Company d/b/a Southern Security Mortgage Company voluntarily agrees to enter into this Consent Order, expressly waiving the procedural rights set forth herein as to the matters described herein.
SecurityNational Mortgage Company, Inc.
d/b/a Southern Security Mortgage Company
State of: Utah
County of: Salt Lake
On this the 14 day of February 2014, before me, Marilei Roueche, the undersigned officer, personally appeared Steve Johnson who acknowledged himself/herself to be the COO of SecurityNational Mortgage Company d/b/a Southern Security Mortgage Company, a corporation, and that he/she as such COO, 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 Steve Johnson.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.
Date Commission Expires: 07-30-2017