DOB: Law Offices of Donald S. Burak, Esq., LLC, Order Revoking Consumer Collection Agency License

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IN THE MATTER OF:

LAW OFFICES OF DONALD S.
BURAK, ESQ., LLC

    ("Respondent")

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ORDER REVOKING CONSUMER
COLLECTION AGENCY LICENSE


I.  PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

WHEREAS, the Banking Commissioner (“Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Part XII of Chapter 669, Sections 36a-800 to 36a-810, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes, “Consumer Collection Agencies”;
 
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 May 27, 2008, the Commissioner, acting pursuant to Section 36a-802 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Sections 36a-804(a)(3) and 36a-51(a) of the 2008 Supplement to the General Statutes, issued a Notice of Automatic Suspension, Notice of Intent to Revoke Consumer Collection Agency License and Notice of Right to Hearing (collectively “Notice”) against Respondent, which Notice is incorporated herein by reference;
 
WHEREAS, on May 27, 2008, the Notice was sent by registered mail, return receipt requested, to Respondent (Registered Mail No. RB027867823US);
 
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 act as a consumer collection agency in Connecticut from Four Greenwood Square, 3325 Street Road, Suite 220, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, if a hearing was not requested within 14 days of its receipt;
 
WHEREAS, on June 2, 2008, 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-802(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes and constitutes grounds to revoke Respondent’s license to act as a consumer collection agency in Connecticut from Four Greenwood Square, 3325 Street Road, Suite 220, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, pursuant to Section 36a-804(a)(3) of the 2008 Supplement to the General Statutes;
 
WHEREAS, Section 36a-51(b) of the 2008 Supplement to the 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-804(a) of the 2008 Supplement to the General Statutes provides, in pertinent part, that “[t]he commissioner may . . . revoke . . . any [consumer collection agency] 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 . . . (3) violated any of the provisions of sections 36a-800 to 36a-810, inclusive”;
 
AND WHEREAS, Section 36a-802(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes provides, in pertinent part, that “[n]o such [consumer collection agency] license and no renewal thereof shall be granted unless the applicant has filed with the commissioner a bond to the people of the state in the penal sum of five 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-804(a)(3) of the 2008 Supplement to the General Statutes, constitutes sufficient grounds to revoke Respondent’s license to act as a consumer collection agency in Connecticut from Four Greenwood Square, 3325 Street Road, Suite 220, Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
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The Commissioner finds that the Notice was given in compliance with Section 36a-51(a) of the 2008 Supplement to the General Statutes and Sections 4-177 and 4-182(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes.
 

III.  ORDER

Having read the record, I HEREBY ORDER, pursuant to Sections 36a-804(a)(3) and 36a-51(b) of the 2008 Supplement to the General Statutes, that:

1.
The license of Law Offices of Donald S. Burak, Esq., LLC to act as a consumer collection agency in Connecticut from Four Greenwood Square, 3325 Street Road, Suite 220, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, be and is hereby REVOKED; and
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This Order revoking the license of Law Offices of Donald S. Burak, Esq., LLC to act as a consumer collection agency in Connecticut from Four Greenwood Square, 3325 Street Road, Suite 220, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, shall become effective when mailed.
 

Dated at Hartford, Connecticut
this 18th day of June 2008.                       ________/s/_________
                                                            Howard F. Pitkin
                                                            Banking Commissioner

This order was mailed by certified mail,
return receipt requested, to
Respondent on June 19, 2008.

Law Offices of Donald S. Burak, Esq., LLC 
7103 New Falls Road
Levittown, PA 19055          Certified Mail No. 7007 2680 0001 3136 6927



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