DOB: Pegasus Investment Group - CO

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IN THE MATTER OF:

PEGASUS INVESTMENT
GROUP, LLC
d/b/a PEGASUS MORTGAGE
NMLS # 4924

    ("Pegasus Mortgage")

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CONSENT ORDER        

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, Pegasus Mortgage is a Connecticut limited liability company that is currently licensed as a mortgage broker under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes;
 
WHEREAS, on July 22, 2010, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division of the Department of Banking, conducted an examination pursuant to Sections 36a-17 and 36a-498f of the Connecticut General Statutes into the activities of Pegasus 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, as a result of such examination, the Commissioner alleges that Pegasus Mortgage employed or retained, during the period of January 8, 2009 through August 2, 2010, fourteen (14) individuals as mortgage loan originators without licensing them, in violation of Section 36a-486(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
 
WHEREAS, the Commissioner believes that such allegation would support initiation of enforcement proceedings against Pegasus Mortgage, including proceedings to revoke Pegasus Mortgage’s license pursuant to Section 36a-494(a) and subsections (a) and (b) of Section 36a-51 of the Connecticut General Statutes, issue a cease and desist order against Pegasus Mortgage pursuant to Sections 36a-494(b) and 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, and impose a civil penalty of up to one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) per violation on Pegasus Mortgage pursuant to Sections 36a-494(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(2) of the Connecticut 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 Pegasus Mortgage acknowledge the possible consequences of formal administrative proceedings, and Pegasus Mortgage voluntarily agrees to consent to the entry of the sanction described below without admitting or denying any allegation contained herein and solely for the purpose of obviating the need for further formal administrative proceedings concerning the allegation contained herein;
 
WHEREAS, Pegasus Mortgage acknowledges that this Consent Order is a public record and, notwithstanding the foregoing paragraph, constitutes a finding by the Commissioner that Pegasus Mortgage has been involved in a violation of a financial services-related regulation or statute required to be disclosed in response to regulatory disclosure questions on the MU1 Form, MU2 Form or MU4 Form on the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry (“NMLS”), as such forms are applicable;
 
WHEREAS, Pegasus Mortgage herein represents to the Commissioner that the individuals alleged to be unlicensed mortgage loan originators in violation of Section 36a-486(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes, during the period of January 8, 2009 through August 2, 2010, are either currently licensed as mortgage loan originators under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes or are no longer engaged in any mortgage-related activity with Pegasus Mortgage that would prohibit Pegasus Mortgage from engaging the services of such individuals without licensure as mortgage loan originators under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes;
 
WHEREAS, Pegasus Mortgage herein represents to the Commissioner that it has reviewed and updated its internal policies, procedures and controls for assessing whether an individual engaged in mortgage-related activity with Pegasus Mortgage requires licensure from the Commissioner under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes;
 
AND WHEREAS, Pegasus Mortgage, through its execution of this Consent Order, voluntarily agrees to waive its procedural rights, including a right to notice and an opportunity for hearing as it pertains to the allegation set forth herein, and voluntarily waives its rights to seek judicial review or otherwise challenge or contest the validity of this Consent Order.


CONSENT TO ENTRY OF SANCTION

WHEREAS, Pegasus 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 Pegasus Mortgage, Pegasus 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 Fourteen Thousand Dollars ($14,000) as a civil penalty.


CONSENT ORDER

NOW THEREFORE, the Commissioner enters the following:

1. The Sanction set forth above be and is 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 Pegasus Mortgage based upon the allegation contained herein; provided that issuance of this Consent Order is without prejudice to the right of the Commissioner to take enforcement action against Pegasus 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 Pegasus Mortgage and reflected herein is subsequently discovered to be untrue;
3. So long as this Consent Order is promptly disclosed by Pegasus Mortgage on NMLS, nothing in the issuance of this Consent Order shall adversely affect the ability of Pegasus 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, and for its mortgage loan originators to apply for or obtain licensure from the Commissioner; and
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This Consent Order shall become final when issued.
 



Dated at Hartford, Connecticut
this 9th day of May 2011.                  ________/s/_________
                                                     Howard F. Pitkin
                                                     Banking Commissioner


CONSENT TO ENTRY OF ORDER

I, Herman W. Gibson, state on behalf of Pegasus Investment Group, LLC d/b/a Pegasus Mortgage, 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 Pegasus Investment Group, LLC d/b/a Pegasus Mortgage; that Pegasus Investment Group, LLC d/b/a Pegasus Mortgage agrees freely and without threat or coercion of any kind to comply with the sanction entered herein; and that Pegasus Investment Group, LLC d/b/a Pegasus Mortgage 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:  Herman W. Gibson                         
                                                   Title:  Managing Member 
                                                   Pegasus Investment Group, LLC
                                                   d/b/a Pegasus Mortgage


State of:  Connecticut

County of:  Litchfield


On this the 4th day of May 2011, before me, Julie A. Fardy, the undersigned officer, personally appeared Herman W. Gibson who acknowledged himself to be the Managing Member of Pegasus Investment Group, LLC d/b/a Pegasus Mortgage, a member managed/manager managed limited liability company, and that he as such Officer, 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 Managing Member.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.


                                         ________/s/_________
                                         Notary Public
                                         Date Commission Expires:  April 30, 2014


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