DOB: EquiHome Mortgage, Corp.

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IN THE MATTER OF:

EQUIHOME MORTGAGE, CORP.

    ("Respondent")

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ORDER REVOKING FIRST MORTGAGE
CORRESPONDENT LENDER/BROKER 
LICENSE


I.  PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

WHEREAS, the Banking Commissioner (“Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Part I(A) of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 to 36a-498a, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes, “Nondepository First Mortgage Lenders, Brokers and Originators”;
 
WHEREAS, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division of the Department of Banking, conducted an investigation of the activities of Respondent, pursuant to the authority granted by Section 36a-17 of the Connecticut General Statutes, to determine if Respondent 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 16, 2007, the Commissioner, acting pursuant to Section 36a-492(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes and Sections 36a-494(a)(1)(C) and 36a-51(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Act 07-91, issued a Notice of Automatic Suspension, Notice of Intent to Revoke First Mortgage Correspondent Lender/Broker License and Notice of Right to Hearing (collectively “Notice”) against Respondent, which Notice is incorporated herein by reference;
 
WHEREAS, on October 17, 2007, the Notice was sent by registered mail, return receipt requested, to Respondent (Registered Mail No. RB027866712US);
 
WHEREAS, the Notice provided Respondent with the opportunity for a hearing and stated that the Commissioner would issue an order revoking Respondent’s license to engage in the business of a first mortgage correspondent lender/broker in Connecticut from 2459 Baglyos Circle, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, if a hearing was not requested within 14 days of its receipt;
 
WHEREAS, on October 27, 2007, Respondent received the Notice, and no request for a hearing was received by the Commissioner;
 
WHEREAS, the Commissioner alleged in the Notice, with respect to the activity described therein, that Respondent’s failure to maintain a bond is a violation of Section 36a-492(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes and constitutes grounds to revoke Respondent’s license to engage in the business of a first mortgage correspondent lender/broker in Connecticut from 2459 Baglyos Circle, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, pursuant to Section 36a-494(a)(1)(C) of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended;
 
WHEREAS, Section 36a-51(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes provides, in pertinent part, that “[i]f the licensee does not request a hearing within the time specified in the notice or fails to appear at the hearing, the commissioner shall . . . revoke . . . the license.  No such license shall be . . . revoked except in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54”;
 
WHEREAS, Section 36a-1-31(a) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies provides, in pertinent part, that “[w]hen a party fails to request a hearing within the time specified in the notice, the allegations against the party may be deemed admitted.  Without further proceedings or notice to the party, the commissioner shall issue a final decision in accordance with section 4-180 of the Connecticut General Statutes and section 36a-1-52 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies”;
 
WHEREAS, Section 36a-494(a)(1) of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, provides, in pertinent part, that “[t]he commissioner may . . . revoke . . . any [first mortgage correspondent lender/broker] license . . . , in accordance with the provisions of section 36a-51, . . . if the commissioner finds that the licensee or any proprietor, director, officer, member, partner, shareholder, trustee, employee or agent of such licensee has . . . (C) violated any of the provisions of this title”;
 
AND WHEREAS, Section 36a-492(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes provides, in pertinent part, that “[n]o such [first mortgage correspondent lender/broker] license, and no renewal thereof, shall be granted unless the applicant has filed a bond with the commissioner written by a surety authorized to write such bonds in this state, in the sum of forty thousand dollars . . . .  The bond shall run concurrently with the period of the license granted to the applicant, and the aggregate liability under the bond shall not exceed the penal sum of the bond.”
 

II.  FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

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The Commissioner finds that the matters asserted, as set forth in paragraphs 1 through 5, inclusive, of Section II of the Notice shall constitute findings of fact within the meaning of Section 4-180(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes, and that the conclusions set forth in Section III of the Notice shall constitute conclusions of law within the meaning of Section 4-180(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 36a-1-52 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
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The Commissioner finds that Respondent has engaged in acts or conduct which, pursuant to Section 36a-494(a)(1)(C) of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, constitutes sufficient grounds to revoke Respondent’s license to engage in the business of a first mortgage correspondent lender/broker in Connecticut from 2459 Baglyos Circle, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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The Commissioner finds that the Notice was given in compliance with Section 36a-51(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, and Sections 4-177 and 4-182(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes.
 

III.  ORDER

Having read the record, I HEREBY ORDER, pursuant to Section 36a-494(a)(1)(C) of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, and Section 36a-51(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes that:

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The license of EquiHome Mortgage, Corp., to engage in the business of a first mortgage correspondent lender/broker in Connecticut from 2459 Baglyos Circle, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, be and is hereby REVOKED; and
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This Order revoking the license of EquiHome Mortgage, Corp., to engage in the business of first mortgage correspondent lender/broker in Connecticut from 2459 Baglyos Circle, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, shall become effective when mailed.
 

Dated at Hartford, Connecticut
this 16th day of November 2007.                ________/s/_________
                                                            Howard F. Pitkin
                                                            Banking Commissioner



This order was mailed by certified mail,
return receipt requested, to
Respondent on November 16, 2007.

EquiHome Mortgage, Corp.           Certified Mail No. 7099 3400 0009 0180 1324
563 Glen Ridge Drive, South
Bridgewater, NJ 08807


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