DOB: Hawthorne Capital Corp - ASUS-TempCD-NOI Rev-RefRen-CD-CP

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IN THE MATTER OF:

HAWTHORNE CAPITAL CORP

    ("Respondent")



 

 

 
 
 
 
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NOTICE OF AUTOMATIC SUSPENSION

TEMPORARY ORDER TO
CEASE AND DESIST

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REVOKE
AND REFUSE TO RENEW MORTGAGE
LENDER LICENSE

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE
ORDER TO CEASE AND DESIST

NOTICE OF INTENT TO IMPOSE
CIVIL PENALTY

AND

NOTICE OF RIGHT TO HEARING

I. LEGAL AUTHORITY AND JURISDICTION

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”.
 
Pursuant to the authority granted by Section 36a-17 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division (“Division”) of the Department of Banking, has investigated the activities of Respondent to determine if it has violated, is violating or is about to violate the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes within the jurisdiction of the Commissioner.
 
Section 36a-17(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes provides that:

The commissioner, in the commissioner’s discretion, may make such public or private investigations or examinations within or outside this state, concerning any person subject to the jurisdiction of the commissioner, as the commissioner deems necessary to carry out the duties of the commissioner.

Section 36a-51 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes provides, in pertinent part, that:

(a)  The commissioner may . . . revoke or refuse to renew any license issued by the commissioner under any provision of the general statutes by sending a notice to the licensee by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, or by any express delivery carrier that provides a dated delivery receipt.  The notice shall be deemed received by the licensee on the earlier of the date of actual receipt or seven days after mailing or sending.  Any such notice shall include:  (1) A statement of the time, place, and nature of the hearing; (2) a statement of the legal authority and jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held; (3) a reference to the particular sections of the general statutes . . . involved; (4) a short and plain statement of the matters asserted; and (5) a statement indicating that the licensee may file a written request for a hearing on the matters asserted within fourteen days of receipt of the notice. . . .

(b)  If a hearing is requested within the time specified in the notice, the commissioner shall hold a hearing upon the matters asserted in the notice unless the licensee fails to appear at the hearing.  After the hearing, the commissioner shall . . . revoke or refuse to renew the license for any reason set forth in the applicable licensing provisions of the general statutes if the commissioner finds sufficient grounds exist for such . . . revocation or refusal to renew.  If 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 or refuse to renew the license.  No such license shall be . . . revoked except in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

Section 36a-52 of the Connecticut General Statutes provides, in pertinent part, that:

(a)  Whenever it appears to the commissioner that any person has violated, is violating or is about to violate any provision of the general statutes within the jurisdiction of the commissioner, . . . the commissioner may send a notice to such person by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, or by any express delivery carrier that provides a dated delivery receipt.  The notice shall be deemed received by the person on the earlier of the date of actual receipt, or seven days after mailing or sending.  Any such notice shall include:  (1) A statement of the time, place, and nature of the hearing; (2) a statement of the legal authority and jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held; (3) a reference to the particular sections of the general statutes . . . alleged to have been violated; (4) a short and plain statement of the matters asserted; and (5) a statement indicating that such person may file a written request for a hearing on the matters asserted within fourteen days of receipt of the notice.  If a hearing is requested within the time specified in the notice, the commissioner shall hold a hearing upon the matters asserted in the notice, unless the person fails to appear at the hearing.  After the hearing, the commissioner shall determine whether an order to cease and desist should be issued against the person named in the notice.  If the person does not request a hearing within the time specified in the notice or fails to appear at the hearing, the commissioner shall issue an order to cease and desist against the person.  No such order shall be issued except in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

(b)  If the commissioner finds that the public welfare requires immediate action, the commissioner may incorporate a finding to that effect in the notice sent in accordance with subsection (a) of this section and issue a temporary order requiring the person to cease and desist from the activity which constitutes such alleged violation and to take or refrain from taking such action as in the opinion of the commissioner will effectuate the purposes of this section.  Such temporary order shall become effective on receipt and, unless set aside or modified by a court, shall remain in effect until the effective date of a permanent order or dismissal of the matters asserted in the notice.

Section 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, provides, in pertinent part, that:

(1) Whenever the commissioner finds as the result of an investigation that any person has violated any provision of the general statutes within the jurisdiction of the commissioner, . . . the commissioner may send a notice to such person by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, or by any express delivery carrier that provides a dated delivery receipt.  The notice shall be deemed received by the person on the earlier of the date of actual receipt or seven days after mailing or sending.  Any such notice shall include:  (A) A statement of the time, place, and nature of the hearing; (B) a statement of the legal authority and jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held; (C) a reference to the particular sections of the general statutes . . . alleged to have been violated; (D) a short and plain statement of the matters asserted; (E) the maximum penalty that may be imposed for such violation; and (F) a statement indicating that such person may file a written request for a hearing on the matters asserted within fourteen days of receipt of the notice.

(2)  If a hearing is requested within the time specified in the notice, the commissioner shall hold a hearing upon the matters asserted in the notice unless such person fails to appear at the hearing.  After the hearing, if the commissioner finds that the person has violated any such provision . . . the commissioner may, in the commissioner’s discretion and in addition to any other remedy authorized by law, order that a civil penalty not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars per violation be imposed upon such person.  If such person does not request a hearing within the time specified in the notice or fails to appear at the hearing, the commissioner may, as the facts require, order that a civil penalty not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars per violation be imposed upon such person.

(3)  Each action undertaken by the commissioner under this subsection shall be in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

Section 36a-492 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes, provides, in pertinent part, that:

(a)(1)  No mortgage lender . . . 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 form of which shall be approved by the Attorney General.  Effective July 31, 2010, the penal sum of the bond shall be maintained in an amount that reflects the dollar amount of the loans originated by the mortgage lender, . . . as determined by the commissioner.

(2)  Effective July 31, 2010, each person licensed as a mortgage loan originator shall be covered by a surety bond in accordance with this section, provided such coverage shall be provided through the bond of the mortgage lender, mortgage correspondent lender or mortgage broker who sponsors such mortgage loan originator.  The penal sum of the bond shall be maintained in an amount that reflects the dollar amount of loans originated by the mortgage loan originator, as determined by the commissioner.  The commissioner may adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 with respect to the requirements for such surety bonds.

(b)  . . . 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. . . .

(c)  The surety company shall have the right to cancel the bond at any time by a written notice to the licensee stating the date cancellation shall take effect.  Such notice shall be sent by certified mail to the licensee at least thirty days prior to the date of cancellation.  A surety bond shall not be cancelled unless the surety company notifies the commissioner in writing not less than thirty days prior to the effective date of cancellation.  After receipt of such notification from the surety company, the commissioner shall give written notice to the licensee of the date such bond cancellation shall take effect.  The commissioner shall automatically suspend the license on such date, unless the licensee prior to such date submits a letter of reinstatement of the bond from the surety company or a new bond or the licensee has ceased business and has surrendered the license in accordance with subsection (a) of section 36a-490.  After a license has been automatically suspended, the commissioner shall give the licensee notice of the automatic suspension, proceedings pursuant to section 36a-494 and an opportunity for a hearing on such action in accordance with section 36a-51 and require the licensee to take or refrain from taking such action as in the opinion of the commissioner will effectuate the purposes of this section. 

Section 4-182 of the Connecticut General Statutes provides, in pertinent part, that:

(b)  When a licensee has made timely and sufficient application for the renewal of a license . . . , the existing license shall not expire until the application has been finally determined by the agency . . . .

(c)  No revocation, suspension, annulment or withdrawal of any license is lawful unless, prior to the institution of agency proceedings, the agency gave notice by mail to the licensee of facts or conduct which warrant the intended action, and the licensee was given an opportunity to show compliance with all lawful requirements for the retention of the license.


II.  MATTERS ASSERTED

1.
Respondent is a New Jersey corporation with an office at 198 Route 9 North, Suite 100, Manalapan, New Jersey (“Manalapan Office”).
2.
On December 21, 2009, Respondent filed an application for renewal of its mortgage lender license for the Manalapan Office on the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System for the January 1 through December 31, 2010 licensing period.
3.
Effective July 31, 2010, the bond requirements contained in Section 36a-492 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes required licensees to file a new form of surety bond and required that such bond be maintained in a penal sum that reflects the aggregate dollar amount of loans originated, as determined by the Commissioner.  Respondent has failed to file the new form of bond in an appropriate amount with the Commissioner.
4.
On July 28, 2010, the Commissioner received notice from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company that surety bond number 387002955 issued on behalf of Respondent with respect to its mortgage lender license for the Manalapan Office would be cancelled, effective on August 30, 2010.
5.
On August 4, 2010, pursuant to Section 4-182(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Division sent a letter to Respondent giving Respondent an opportunity to show compliance with all lawful requirements for retention of its mortgage lender license in Connecticut.
6.
To date, Respondent has failed to file with the Commissioner a new bond on the new form in an appropriate amount and has not surrendered its license.
7.
The Commissioner automatically suspended Respondent’s mortgage lender license in Connecticut for the Manalapan Office effective on August 30, 2010.
 

III.  STATUTORY BASIS FOR REVOCATION AND REFUSAL TO RENEW
MORTGAGE LENDER LICENSE, ORDER TO CEASE AND
DESIST AND IMPOSITION OF CIVIL PENALTY

Section 36a-494 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes, provides, in pertinent part, that:

(a)(1)  The commissioner may . . . revoke or refuse to renew any mortgage lender . . . license or take any other action, in accordance with the provisions of section 36a-51, for any reason which would be sufficient grounds for the commissioner to deny an application for such license under sections 36a-485 to 36a-498f, inclusive, 36a-534a and 36a-534b, or if the commissioner finds that the licensee, any control person of the licensee, the qualified individual or branch manager with supervisory authority, trustee, employee or agent of such licensee has done any of the following:  . . . (C) violated any of the provisions of this title . . . .

(b)  Whenever it appears to the commissioner that any person has violated, is violating or is about to violate any of the provisions of sections 36a-485 to 36a-498f, inclusive, 36a-534a and 36a-534b, . . . the commissioner may take action against such person or licensee in accordance with sections 36a-50 and 36a-52.

Section 36a-489(a) of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes provides, in pertinent part, that:

(1)  The commissioner shall not issue an initial license for a mortgage lender . . . unless the commissioner, at a minimum, finds that:  . . . (D) the applicant has met the surety bond requirement under section 36a-492 . . . .  If the commissioner fails to make such findings, the commissioner shall not issue a license, and shall notify the applicant of the denial and the reasons for such denial.

(2) (A)  The minimum standards for license renewal for a mortgage lender . . . shall include the following:  (i) The applicant continues to meet the minimum standards under subdivision (1) of this subsection . . . .

(B)  The license of a mortgage lender . . . failing to satisfy the minimum standards for license renewal shall expire. . . .

1.
Respondent’s failure to file the new form of surety bond in an appropriate amount with the Commissioner, as more fully described in paragraphs 3 and 6 of the Matters Asserted, constitutes sufficient grounds for the Commissioner to deny an application for such license under Section 36a-489(a)(1)(D) of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes and constitutes a violation of Section 36a-492 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes, both of which constitute grounds for the Commissioner to revoke and to refuse to renew Respondent’s license to engage in the business of a mortgage lender in Connecticut from the Manalapan Office pursuant to Sections 36a-494(a)(1) and 36a-494(a)(1)(C) and subsections (a) and (b) of Section 36a-51 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes.  Such violation also forms a basis to issue an order to cease and desist against Respondent pursuant to Section 36a-494(b) of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes and Section 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes and to impose a civil penalty pursuant to Section 36a-494(b) of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes and Section 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes.  Section 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes authorizes the Commissioner to impose a civil penalty upon Respondent in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) per violation.  The Commissioner intends to impose a civil penalty upon Respondent not to exceed Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500), subject to Respondent’s right to a hearing on the allegations set forth above.  Such violation also causes Respondent to fail to meet minimum standards for renewal under Section 36a-489(a)(2)(A) of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes, which shall cause such license to expire.
2.
Respondent’s failure to maintain a surety bond that runs concurrently with the period of its mortgage lender license, as more fully described in paragraphs 2 through 6, inclusive, of the Matters Asserted, constitutes sufficient grounds for the Commissioner to deny an application for such license under Section 36a-489(a)(1)(D) of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes and constitutes a violation of Section 36a-492 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes, both of which constitute grounds for the Commissioner to revoke and to refuse to renew Respondent’s license to engage in the business of a mortgage lender in Connecticut from the Manalapan Office pursuant to Sections 36a-494(a)(1) and 36a-494(a)(1)(C) and subsections (a) and (b) of Section 36a-51 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes.  Such violation also forms a basis to issue an order to cease and desist against Respondent pursuant to Section 36a-494(b) of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes and Section 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes.  Such violation also causes Respondent to fail to meet minimum standards for renewal under Section 36a-489(a)(2)(A) of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes, which shall cause such license to expire.


IV.  FINDING AND STATUTORY BASIS FOR
TEMPORARY ORDER TO CEASE AND DESIST

The Commissioner finds that public welfare requires immediate action to issue a temporary order requiring Respondent to cease and desist from violating Section 36a-492 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes pursuant to Section 36a-52(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes, in that due to Respondent’s failure to maintain its surety bond, any borrower or prospective borrower who may be damaged by the failure of Respondent  or any mortgage loan originator who may be covered by such bond to perform any written agreements or commitments, or wrongful conversion of funds paid by a borrower or prospective borrower to Respondent or any mortgage loan originator who may be covered by such bond, will not be able to proceed on such surety bond to recover damages.


V.  NOTICE OF AUTOMATIC SUSPENSION, TEMPORARY ORDER TO
CEASE AND DESIST, NOTICE OF INTENT TO REVOKE AND REFUSE
TO RENEW MORTGAGE LENDER LICENSE, NOTICE OF
INTENT TO ISSUE ORDER TO CEASE AND DESIST, NOTICE OF INTENT
TO IMPOSE CIVIL PENALTY AND NOTICE OF RIGHT TO HEARING

WHEREAS, the Commissioner has reason to believe that Respondent has engaged in acts or conduct which constitutes sufficient grounds for the Commissioner to revoke and to refuse to renew its license to engage in the business of a mortgage lender in Connecticut from the Manalapan Office pursuant to Sections 36a-494(a)(1) and 36a-494(a)(1)(C) and subsections (a) and (b) of Section 36a-51 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes, and forms a basis to issue an order to cease and desist against Respondent pursuant to Section 36a-494(b) of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes and Section 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes and to impose a civil penalty upon Respondent pursuant to Section 36a-494(b) of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes and Section 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
 
AND WHEREAS, the Commissioner has made the finding required under Section 36a-52(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes.
 
NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority granted in Section 36a-492(c) of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes, the Commissioner gives NOTICE that on August 30, 2010, the license of Hawthorne Capital Corp to engage in the business of a mortgage lender in Connecticut from 198 Route 9 North, Suite 100, Manalapan, New Jersey, was AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED pending proceedings for revocation and refusal to renew.
 
THE COMMISSIONER ORDERS, pursuant to the authority granted in Section 36a-52(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes, that Hawthorne Capital Corp immediately CEASE AND DESIST from violating Section 36a-492 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes.  This Temporary Order shall become effective upon receipt by Hawthorne Capital Corp, and, unless set aside or modified by a court, shall remain in effect until the effective date of a permanent order or dismissal of the matters asserted in this Temporary Order.
 
FURTHER, notice is hereby given to Respondent that the Commissioner intends to REVOKE and REFUSE TO RENEW Respondent’s license to engage in the business of a mortgage lender in Connecticut from the Manalapan Office and issue an order requiring Respondent to CEASE AND DESIST from violating Section 36a-492 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes, and impose a CIVIL PENALTY upon Respondent as set forth herein, subject to Respondent’s right to a hearing on the allegations set forth above.
 
A hearing will be granted to Respondent if a written request for a hearing is received by the Department of Banking, Consumer Credit Division, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut 06103-1800 within fourteen (14) days following its receipt of this Notice of Automatic Suspension, Temporary Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Revoke and Refuse to Renew Mortgage Lender License, Notice of Intent to Issue Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Impose Civil Penalty and Notice of Right to Hearing as set forth in subsections (a) and (b) of Section 36a-51 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes and Section 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes.  This Notice of Automatic Suspension, Temporary Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Revoke and Refuse to Renew Mortgage Lender License, Notice of Intent to Issue Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Impose Civil Penalty and Notice of Right to Hearing shall be deemed received on the earlier of the date of actual receipt, or seven days after mailing or sending.  The enclosed Appearance and Request for Hearing Form must be completed and mailed to the above address.  If Respondent will not be represented by an attorney at the hearing, please complete the Appearance and Request for Hearing Form as “pro se”.  Once a written request for hearing is received, the Commissioner may issue a notification of hearing and designation of hearing officer that acknowledges receipt of a request for a hearing, designates a hearing officer and sets the date of the hearing in accordance with Section 4-177 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 36a-1-21 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.  If a hearing is requested, the hearing will be held on February 15, 2011, at 5 p.m., at the Department of Banking, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut.
 
The hearing will be held in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 54 of the Connecticut General Statutes, unless Respondent fails to appear at the requested hearing.  At such hearing, Respondent will have the right to appear and present evidence, rebuttal evidence and argument on all issues of fact and law to be considered by the Commissioner.
 
If Respondent does not request a hearing within the time prescribed, the Commissioner will issue an order revoking and refusing to renew Respondent’s license to engage in the business of a mortgage lender in Connecticut from 198 Route 9 North, Suite 100, Manalapan, New Jersey, which order shall cause Respondent’s mortgage lender license in Connecticut to be deemed EXPIRED, and issue an order that Respondent cease and desist from violating Section 36a-492 of the 2010 Supplement to the General Statutes, and may order that a civil penalty not to exceed Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500) be imposed upon Respondent.


So ordered at Hartford, Connecticut
this 14th of December 2010.                         ________/s/_________
                                                               Howard F. Pitkin
                                                               Banking Commissioner


CERTIFICATION

I hereby certify that on this 15th day of December 2010, the foregoing Notice of Automatic Suspension, Temporary Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Revoke and Refuse to Renew Mortgage Lender License, Notice of Intent to Issue Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Impose Civil Penalty and Notice of Right to Hearing was sent by registered mail, return receipt requested, to Hawthorne Capital Corp, Attention:  Silvano Tropeano, President, 198 Route 9 North, Suite 100, Manalapan, New Jersey 07726, registered mail no. RB028037473US.

                                                              ________/s/_________
                                                              Doniel Kitt
                                                              Prosecuting Attorney
 


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