DOB: Hatfield Portfolio Group LLC - CD-CP

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IN THE MATTER OF:

HATFIELD PORTFOLIO GROUP LLC
f/k/a HARBINGER PROCESSING
GROUP LLC


    ("Respondent")

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ORDER TO CEASE AND DESIST

AND

ORDER IMPOSING CIVIL PENALTY


I.  PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

WHEREAS, the Banking Commissioner (“Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Part XII of Chapter 669, Sections 36a-800 to 36a-812, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes, “Consumer Collection Agencies”, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, Sections 36a-809-6 to 36a-809-17, inclusive, of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (“Regulations”);

WHEREAS, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division of the Department of Banking, conducted an investigation of the activities of Respondent, pursuant to the authority granted by Section 36a-17 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Public Acts 14-7 and 14-89, to determine if it had violated, was violating or was about to violate the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes or Regulations within the jurisdiction of the Commissioner;
 
WHEREAS, on September 11, 2014, the Commissioner, acting pursuant to Sections 36a-804(b), 36a-52(a) and 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, issued a Notice of Intent to Issue Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Impose Civil Penalty and Notice of Right to Hearing (“Notice”) against Respondent, which Notice is incorporated herein by reference;
 
WHEREAS, on September 12, 2014, the Notice was sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to Respondent (Certified Mail Nos. 70120470000147896855; 70120470000147896879 and 70120470000147896862) and Respondent’s counsel (Certified Mail No. 70120470000147896886);
 
WHEREAS, the Notice provided Respondent with the opportunity for a hearing, and stated that if a hearing was not requested within 14 days of Respondent’s receipt, the Commissioner would issue an order that Respondent cease and desist from violating Section 36a-801(a) of the 2014 Supplement to the General Statutes, and may order a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) per violation be imposed upon Respondent;
 
WHEREAS, on September 15, 2014, Respondent and Respondent’s counsel received the Notice;
 
WHEREAS, on September 18, 2014, Respondent requested a hearing on the Notice, which request was withdrawn by email dated February 4, 2015;
 
WHEREAS, the Commissioner alleged in the Notice, with respect to the activity described therein, that Respondent’s acting within this state as a consumer collection agency without a consumer collection agency license constitutes a violation of Section 36a-801(a) of the 2014 Supplement to the General Statutes.  Such violation forms the basis to issue an order to cease and desist pursuant to Sections 36a-804(b) and 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, and an order imposing civil penalty pursuant to Sections 36a-804(b) and 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes;

WHEREAS, Section 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes provides, in pertinent part, that “[i]f 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”;

WHEREAS, Section 36a-50(a)(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes provides, in pertinent part, that “[i]f 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”;
 
WHEREAS, Section 36a-50(a)(3) of the Connecticut General Statutes provides, in pertinent part, that “[e]ach action undertaken by the commissioner under this subsection shall be in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54”;
 
AND WHEREAS, Section 36a-1-31(a) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies provides, in pertinent part, that “[w]hen a party fails to request a hearing within the time specified in the notice, the allegations against the party may be deemed admitted.  Without further proceedings or notice to the party, the commissioner shall issue a final decision in accordance with section 4-180 of the Connecticut General Statutes and section 36a-1-52 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies”.



II.  FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

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The Commissioner finds that the matters asserted, as set forth in paragraphs 1 through 3, inclusive, of Section II of the Notice shall constitute findings of fact within the meaning of Section 4-180(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes, and that the conclusion set forth in Section III of the Notice shall constitute conclusions of law within the meaning of Section 4-180(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 36a-1-52 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
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The Commissioner finds that Respondent has engaged in acts or conduct which, pursuant to Sections 36a-804(b) and 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut the General Statutes, forms a basis to issue an order to cease and desist against Respondent from violating Section 36a-801(a) of the 2014 Supplement to the General Statutes, and pursuant to Sections 36a-804(b) and 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, forms a basis to impose a civil penalty upon Respondent..
3.
The Commissioner finds that the Notice was given in compliance with Sections 36a-52(a), 36a-50(a) and 4-177 of the Connecticut General Statutes.


III.  ORDER

Having read the record, I HEREBY ORDER, pursuant to Sections 36a-804(b), 36a-52(a) and 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, that:

1.
Hatfield Portfolio Group LLC f/k/a Harbinger Processing Group LLC CEASE AND DESIST from violating Section 36a-801(a) of the 2014 Supplement to the General Statutes;
2.
A CIVIL PENALTY of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) be imposed upon Hatfield Portfolio Group LLC f/k/a Harbinger Processing Group LLC, to be remitted to the Department of Banking by cashier’s check, certified check or money order made payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”, not later than thirty (30) days from the date this Order is mailed; and
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This Order shall become effective when mailed.

Dated at Hartford, Connecticut
this 2nd day of March 2015.             

 ________/s/_________
 Bruce H. Adams
 Acting Banking Commissioner

This Order was sent by certified mail,
return receipt requested, to
Respondent and Respondent’s attorney
on March 2, 2015.


Hatfield Portfolio Group LLC                      Certified Mail No. 7013 3020 0000 4226 9739
f/k/a Harbinger Processing Group
Attention:  Thomas B. Hughes, Esq.
2390 North Forest Road, Suite 4-5
Getzville, New York 14068




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