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 Department.Banking@ct.gov and it will be routed appropriately. Thank you for your patience during this time.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

IN THE MATTER OF:

VILLAGE CAPITAL &
INVESTMENT LLC
NMLS # 3317

       ("Village Capital")
   
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
* * * *

*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*

CONSENT ORDER        

WHEREAS, the Banking Commissioner (“Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Part VII of Chapter 669, Sections 36a-715 to 36a-719l, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes, “Mortgage Servicing”;

WHEREAS, Village Capital is a Delaware limited liability company that is currently licensed as a mortgage lender under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 to 36a-534c, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes, with its main office located at 2863 St. Rose Parkway, Henderson, Nevada;

WHEREAS, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division of the Department of Banking, conducted a routine investigation pursuant to Sections 36a-17 and 36a-498f of the Connecticut General Statutes into the activities of Village Capital 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, from approximately January 2015 to August 2016, Village Capital acted as a mortgage servicer while neither licensed nor exempt from licensure, in violation of Section 36a-718 of the 2016 Supplement to the General Statutes;

WHEREAS, the Commissioner believes that such allegation could support initiation of enforcement proceedings against Village Capital, including proceedings to issue a cease and desist order pursuant to Sections 36a-719j(b) and 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes and to impose a civil penalty of up to one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) per violation pursuant to Sections 36a-719j(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(4) of the 2016 Supplement to the 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 Village Capital acknowledge the possible consequences of formal administrative proceedings, and Village Capital voluntarily agrees to consent to the entry of the sanctions imposed below without admitting or denying any allegation set forth herein and solely for the purpose of obviating the need for formal administrative proceedings concerning the allegation set forth herein;

WHEREAS, the Commissioner and Village Capital now desire to resolve the matters set forth herein;

WHEREAS, Village Capital acknowledges that this Consent Order is a public record and is a reportable event for purposes of the regulatory disclosure questions on the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry (“NMLS”), as applicable;

WHEREAS, Village Capital has provided the supplemental mortgage servicer surety bond, fidelity bond and errors and omissions coverage required pursuant to Section 36a-719c of the 2016 Supplement to the General Statutes, in order to avail itself of the exemption to mortgage servicer licensure set forth in Section 36a-718(b)(4) of the 2016 Supplement to the General Statutes;

WHEREAS, Village Capital specifically assures the Commissioner that the violation alleged herein shall not occur in the future;

AND WHEREAS, Village Capital, through its execution of this Consent Order, voluntarily agrees to waive its procedural rights, including a right to a notice and an opportunity for a 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 SANCTIONS

WHEREAS, Village Capital, through its execution of this Consent Order, consents to the Commissioner’s entry of this Consent Order imposing the following sanctions:

1. Village Capital shall desist from acting as a mortgage servicer while neither licensed nor exempt from licensure, in violation of Section 36a-718 of the 2016 Supplement to the General Statutes; and
2. No later than the date this Consent Order is executed by Village Capital, it shall remit to the Department of Banking by wire transfer, cashier’s check, certified check or money order, made payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”, the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) as a civil penalty.


CONSENT ORDER

NOW THEREFORE, the Commissioner enters the following:

1. The sanctions set forth above be and are 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 Village Capital based upon the allegation set forth herein; provided that issuance of this Consent Order is without prejudice to the right of the Commissioner to take enforcement action against Village Capital 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 Village Capital and reflected herein is subsequently discovered to be untrue;
3. Upon issuance of this Consent Order by the Commissioner, and so long as this Consent Order is promptly disclosed by Village Capital and its control persons on NMLS, as applicable, nothing in the issuance of this Consent Order shall adversely affect the ability of Village Capital to apply for or obtain initial or renewal licenses under Part I of Chapter 668 or Part VII of Chapter 669 of the Connecticut General Statutes, provided that all legal requirements for such licenses are satisfied; and
4. This Consent Order shall become final when issued.


Issued at Hartford, Connecticut
this 17th day of January 2017.              ______/s/__________
                                                       Jorge L. Perez
                                                       Banking Commissioner

I, Allen Knudson, state on behalf of Village Capital & Investment 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 Village Capital & Investment LLC; that Village Capital & Investment LLC agrees freely and without threat or coercion of any kind to comply with the provisions of this Consent Order; and that Village Capital & Investment LLC voluntarily agrees to enter into this Consent Order, expressly waiving the procedural rights set forth herein as to the matters described herein.

                                                 By: ________/s/___________
                                                       Name:  Allen Knudson
                                                       Title:  President
                                                       Village Capital & Investment LLC

State of:  Nevada

County of:  Clark

On this the 6th day of January 2017, before me, Yasmin Rogers, the undersigned officer, personally appeared Allen Knudson who acknowledged himself to be the President of Village Capital & Investment LLC, a member managed/manager managed limited liability company, and that he as such President, being authorized so to do, executed the foregoing instrument for the purposes therein contained, by signing the name of the limited liability company by himself as President.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.


                                                     __________/s/___________
                                                     Notary Public  
                                                     Date Commission Expires:  June 17, 2019

Administrative Orders and Settlements