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IN THE MATTER OF:
LUNA'S PAY A BILL, LLC
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WHEREAS, the Banking Commissioner (“Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Part IV of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-580 to 36a-589, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes, “Check Cashing Services”, and Sections 36a-585-1, 36a-588-1, 36a-588-3 and 36a-588-4 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (“Regulations”);
WHEREAS, Luna’s is a Connecticut limited liability company that has been licensed to operate a general facility at 582 Park Street, Hartford, Connecticut since October 31, 2008;
WHEREAS, on January 6, 2012, Luna’s entered into a Consent Order with the Commissioner concerning the Commissioner’s allegation that Luna’s, during the period of January 2008 through June 2011, engaged in the business of cashing checks, drafts and money orders for consideration without licensure for a general facility or limited facility at 82 East Main Street, Meriden, Connecticut, in violation of Section 36a-581(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division of the Department of Banking, conducted a subsequent investigation pursuant to Section 36a-17 of the Connecticut General Statutes into the activities of Luna’s to determine if it had violated, was violating or was about to violate the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes and Regulations within the jurisdiction of the Commissioner;
WHEREAS, as a result of such investigation, the Commissioner alleges that Luna’s, during the period of May through October 30, 2008, engaged in the business of cashing checks, drafts and money orders for consideration without licensure for a general facility or limited facility at 582 Park Street, Hartford, Connecticut, in violation of Section 36a-581(a) of the then applicable Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, the Commissioner believes that such allegation would support initiation of enforcement proceedings against Luna’s, including proceedings to revoke Luna’s license pursuant to Section 36a-587(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes and subsections (a) and (b) of Section 36a-51 of the 2012 Supplement to the General Statutes, issue a cease and desist order against Luna’s pursuant to Sections 36a-587(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 Luna’s pursuant to Sections 36a-587(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 Luna’s acknowledge the possible consequences of formal administrative proceedings, and Luna’s voluntarily agrees to consent to the entry of the sanctions 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, Luna’s herein represents to the Commissioner that it has not engaged in the business of cashing checks, drafts and money orders for consideration without licensure for a general facility or limited facility since June 20, 2011;
WHEREAS, Luna’s specifically assures the Commissioner that the violation described herein shall not occur in the future;
AND WHEREAS, Luna’s, 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 right to seek judicial review or otherwise challenge or contest the validity of this Consent Order.
CONSENT TO ENTRY OF SANCTIONS
WHEREAS, Luna’s, through its execution of this Consent Order, consents to the Commissioner’s entry of a Consent Order imposing the following sanctions:
||No later than the date this Consent Order is executed by Luna’s, Luna’s 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 One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500) as a civil penalty; and|
||Luna’s shall not engage in the business of cashing checks, drafts or money orders for consideration, except as an incident to the conduct of any other lawful business where not more than fifty cents ($.50) is charged for the cashing of such check, draft or money order, without obtaining a license to operate a check cashing general facility or limited facility for each additional location where such business is to be conducted.|
NOW THEREFORE, the Commissioner enters the following:
||The Sanctions set forth above be and are hereby entered;|
||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 Luna’s 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 Luna’s 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 Luna’s and reflected herein is subsequently discovered to be untrue;|
Nothing in the issuance of this Consent Order shall adversely affect the ability of Luna’s to apply for or obtain a license or renewal license for a general facility or limited facility under Part IV of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-580, et seq. of the Connecticut General Statutes, provided all applicable legal requirements for such license are satisfied; and
This Consent Order shall become final when issued.
Issued at Hartford, Connecticut
this 21st day of February 2012. ________/s/_________
Howard F. Pitkin
I, Antonio J. Landrau, state on behalf of Luna’s Pay A Bill, 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 Luna’s Pay A Bill, LLC; that Luna’s Pay A Bill, LLC agrees freely and without threat or coercion of any kind to comply with the sanctions entered and terms and conditions ordered herein; and that Luna’s Pay A Bill, LLC voluntarily agrees to enter into this Consent Order, expressly waiving the procedural rights set forth herein as to the matters described herein.
Name: Antonio J. Landrau
Luna's Pay A Bill, LLC
State of: CT
County of: Hartford
On this the 13 day of February 2012, before me, ___________________, the undersigned officer, personally appeared Antonio J. Landrau who acknowledged himself to be the Member of Luna’s Pay A Bill, LLC, a member managed/manager managed limited liability company, and that he as such Member, 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 Member.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.
Date Commission Expires: 10-31-12
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