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IN THE MATTER OF:
CLASSIC MORTGAGE LLC
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, Classic Mortgage is a New Jersey limited liability company that is currently licensed in Connecticut as a mortgage lender 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 Section 36a-17 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 Classic Mortgage 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 October 21, 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 Classic Mortgage, which Notice is incorporated herein by reference;
WHEREAS, the Commissioner alleged in the Notice that Classic Mortgage failed to timely file its mortgage call report that was due on August 14, 2014 (“Q2 MCR”) in violation of Section 36a-534b(c)(3) of Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 14-89, which conduct constituted: (1) a violation of Section 36a-534b(c)(3) of Connecticut General Statutes, as amended; (2) a violation of an order of the Commissioner contained in a Consent Order dated July 17, 2013 (“Consent Order”); and (3) a basis to revive allegations previously made by the Commissioner in a 2013 Notice of Intent to Issue Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Impose Civil Penalty and Notice of Right to Hearing that Respondent had failed to timely file a prior MCR on its due date, which allegation was admitted by Respondent in connection with the Consent Order. All of the foregoing violations form the basis to issue an order to cease and desist pursuant to Sections 36a-494(b) and/or 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, and to impose a civil penalty pursuant to Sections 36a-494(b) and/or 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, on October 22, 2014, the Notice was sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to Classic Mortgage (Certified Mail Nos. 70120470000147897265 and 70120470000147897272);
WHEREAS, on October 25, 2014, Classic Mortgage received the Notice;
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 Classic Mortgage now desire to resolve the matters alleged in the Notice and set forth herein;
WHEREAS, Classic Mortgage admits that the Q2 MCR described in the Notice and set forth herein was not filed on its due date;
WHEREAS, Classic Mortgage 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, Classic Mortgage 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, Classic Mortgage 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, Classic Mortgage 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, Classic Mortgage, 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, Classic Mortgage, 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 Classic Mortgage, Classic Mortgage 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 Classic Mortgage, Classic Mortgage shall have satisfactorily filed on NMLS all MCRs required to date. In the future, Classic Mortgage 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 Classic Mortgage;|
|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 Classic Mortgage based upon the allegations set forth in the Notice or contained herein; provided that issuance of this Consent Order is without prejudice to the right of the Commissioner to take enforcement action against Classic Mortgage 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 Classic Mortgage and reflected herein is subsequently discovered to be untrue;|
|4.||Subject to the foregoing, and so long as this Consent Order is promptly disclosed by Classic Mortgage and its control persons on NMLS, as applicable, nothing in the issuance of this Consent Order shall adversely affect the ability of Classic Mortgage 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 9th day of January 2015. _______/s/_________
Howard F. Pitkin
I, Lawrence DeNike, state on behalf of Classic Mortgage LLC, 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 Classic Mortgage LLC; that Classic Mortgage LLC agrees freely and without threat or coercion of any kind to comply with the sanction entered and terms and conditions ordered herein; and that Classic Mortgage LLC voluntarily agrees to enter into this Consent Order, expressly waiving the procedural rights set forth herein as to the matters described herein.
Name: Lawrence DeNike
Classic Mortgage LLC
State of: New Jersey
County of: Bergen
On this the 5 day of January 2015, before me, __________________________, the undersigned officer, personally appeared Lawrence DeNike who acknowledged himself/herself to be the President of Classic Mortgage LLC, a member managed/manager managed limited liability company, 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 company by himself/herself as President.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.
Date Commission Expires: 1/18/2018