DOB: Franklin Mortgage, LLC - CO

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IN THE MATTER OF:

FRANKLIN MORTGAGE, LLC     
NMLS # 2812

     ("Franklin 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, Franklin Mortgage is a Connecticut limited liability company that is currently licensed in Connecticut as a mortgage broker under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes;

WHEREAS, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division of the Department of Banking, conducted an investigation pursuant to the authority granted by Sections 36a-17(a) and 36a-498f of the Connecticut General Statutes, into the activities of Franklin 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 the investigation, the Commissioner alleges that Franklin Mortgage failed to timely file its MCR – Standard – Financial Condition report for 2012 that was due on March 31, 2013, in violation of Section 36a-534b(c)(3) of Connecticut General Statutes;

WHEREAS, the Commissioner believes that such allegation would support initiation of enforcement proceedings against Franklin Mortgage, including proceedings to issue a cease and desist order pursuant to Sections 36a-494(b) and 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, and to impose a civil penalty of up to one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) per violation 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, the Commissioner and Franklin Mortgage now desire to resolve the matters set forth herein;

WHEREAS, Franklin Mortgage admits that the MCR – Standard – Financial Condition (2012) described herein was not filed on its due date, and acknowledges that this Consent Order is a public record and is a reportable event for purposes of the regulatory disclosure questions on the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry (“NMLS”), as applicable;

WHEREAS, Franklin Mortgage voluntarily agrees to consent to the entry of the sanction described below, solely for the purpose of obviating the need for further formal administrative proceedings concerning the allegation set forth herein;

WHEREAS, Franklin Mortgage herein represents to the Commissioner that it has reviewed and updated its internal policies, procedures and controls for timely and accurately filing required reports with the Commissioner through NMLS as required or as otherwise permitted under Part I of Chapter 668, Sections 36a-485 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes;

WHEREAS, Franklin Mortgage agrees to the language of this Consent Order;
 
AND WHEREAS, Franklin Mortgage, through its execution of this Consent Order, voluntarily agrees to waive any applicable procedural rights, including a right to notice and 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 SANCTION

WHEREAS, Franklin 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 Franklin Mortgage, Franklin 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 Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500) 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. No later than the date this Consent Order is executed by Franklin Mortgage, Franklin Mortgage shall have satisfactorily filed all MCRs required to date.  In the future, Franklin Mortgage shall timely and accurately file all required reports on NMLS or as otherwise permitted under Part I of Chapter 668 of the Connecticut General Statutes in connection with its current, and any future license issued to Franklin Mortgage;
3. 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 Franklin Mortgage based upon the allegation set forth herein; provided that issuance of this Consent Order is without prejudice to the right of the Commissioner to take enforcement action against Franklin 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 Franklin Mortgage and reflected herein is subsequently discovered to be untrue;
4. So long as this Consent Order is promptly disclosed by Franklin Mortgage and its control persons on NMLS, as applicable, nothing in the issuance of this Consent Order shall adversely affect the ability of Franklin 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, provided all applicable legal requirements for such license are satisfied; and
5. This Consent Order shall become final when issued.


Issued at Hartford, Connecticut
this 12th day of November 2013.        ________/s/_________
                                                     Howard F. Pitkin
                                                     Banking Commissioner



I, Ralph W. Cook IV, state on behalf of Franklin Mortgage, 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 Franklin Mortgage, LLC; that Franklin Mortgage, LLC agrees freely and without threat or coercion of any kind to comply with the sanction entered and terms and conditions ordered herein; and that Franklin Mortgage, 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:  Ralph W. Cook IV                                                                      Title:    President
                                                 Franklin Mortgage, LLC

State of:  Connecticut

County of:  New Haven


On this the 9th day of September 2013, before me, Edward Sposito, the undersigned officer, personally appeared Ralph W. Cook IV who acknowledged himself to be the President of Franklin Mortgage 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 President.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.


                                                       _________/s/_________
                                                       Notary Public  
                                                       Date Commission Expires:  7/31/2017 



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