DOB: Reliant Account Management - CO

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IN THE MATTER OF:

RELIANT ACCOUNT
MANAGEMENT, LLC

    ("Reliant")

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CONSENT ORDER        

WHEREAS, the Banking Commissioner (“Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Part V of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-595 to 36a-610, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes, “Money Transmission Act”;
 
WHEREAS, Reliant is a California limited liability company with an office at 23972 Rockfield Boulevard #290, Lake Forest, California;
 
WHEREAS, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division of the Department of Banking, conducted an investigation pursuant to Section 36a-17(a) of the 2012 Supplement to the General Statutes into the activities of Reliant 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 investigation, the Commissioner alleges that Reliant engaged in the business of money transmission in Connecticut without a license, in violation of Section 36a-597(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
 
WHEREAS, the Commissioner believes that such allegation would support the initiation of enforcement proceedings against Reliant, including proceedings to issue a cease and desist order against Reliant pursuant to Sections 36a-608(c) and 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes and to impose a civil penalty on Reliant pursuant to Sections 36a-608(c) 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, the Commissioner and Reliant acknowledge the possible consequences of formal administrative proceedings, and Reliant voluntarily agrees to consent to the entry of the sanctions described below without admitting or denying any allegation set forth herein and solely for the purpose of obviating the need for further formal administrative proceedings concerning the allegation contained herein;
 
WHEREAS, Reliant has ceased engaging in any business in Connecticut, including the alleged unlicensed money transmission business;
 
WHEREAS, Reliant specifically assures the Commissioner that the violation alleged herein shall not occur in the future;
 
AND WHEREAS, Reliant, through its execution of this Consent Order, voluntarily agrees to waive its procedural rights, including a right to notice and an opportunity for a 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, Reliant, through its execution of this Consent Order, consents to the Commissioner’s entry of a Consent Order imposing the following sanctions:

1. No later than the date this Consent Order is executed by Reliant, Reliant 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 Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500) as a civil penalty;
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Reliant shall desist from engaging in the future in the business of money transmission in Connecticut without a license, in violation of Section 36a-597(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes; and
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No later than the date this Consent Order is executed by Reliant, Reliant shall:  (a) refund all fees paid to Reliant by Connecticut residents for money transmission services through the date this Consent Order is issued by the Commissioner; and (b) provide satisfactory evidence of such refunds to Carmine Costa, Director, Consumer Credit Division, Department of Banking, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut 06103-1800, or carmine.costa@ct.gov.
 

CONSENT ORDER

NOW THEREFORE, the Commissioner enters the following:

1. The Sanctions set forth above be and are hereby entered;
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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 Reliant 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 Reliant 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 Reliant and reflected herein is subsequently discovered to be untrue;
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Nothing in the issuance of this Consent Order shall adversely affect the ability of Reliant to apply for or obtain an original license or renewal license under Part V of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-595 to 36a-610, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes; and
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This Consent Order shall become final when issued.
 
 

Dated at Hartford, Connecticut
this 1st day of November 2012.           ________/s/_________
                                                     Howard F. Pitkin
                                                     Banking Commissioner



I, Stephen Chaya, state on behalf of Reliant Account Management, 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 Reliant Account Management, LLC; that Reliant Account Management, 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 Reliant Account Management, LLC 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:  Stephen Chaya
                                                   Title:  V. Pres
                                                   Reliant Account Management, LLC
                                                   
                                                   

State of:  California                                 

County of:  Orange

On this the 15th day of October 2012, before me, Christopher K. Vance, the undersigned officer, personally appeared Stephen Chaya who acknowledged himself/herself to be the Vice President of Reliant Account Management, LLC, and that he/she as such Vice President, 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/herself as Vice President.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.


                                         ________/s/_________
                                         Notary Public
                                         Date Commission Expires:  10/31/13
                                         


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