17:11C-70 Authority of commissioner relative to issuing licenses.
20. a. The commissioner's authority with respect to issuing licenses shall include the following:
(1)The commissioner may access, receive and use any information or material required of an applicant or licensee pursuant to sections 6 through 15 of this act, or any other information or material deemed relevant, to determine whether to issue or renew a license, or revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew a license.
(2)The commissioner may refuse to issue, and may revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew, a residential mortgage lender or residential mortgage broker license, including the license of a qualified individual licensee or a branch office license, or a mortgage loan originator license, or impose a penalty pursuant to this act, if the commissioner finds, after notice and an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) and any rules adopted thereunder, that any person, applicant for or holder of the license has:
(a)Violated any of the provisions of this act or any order, rule or regulation made or issued pursuant to this act;
(b)Failed at any time to meet the requirements for licensure set forth in sections 6 through 15 of this act, as applicable, or withheld information or made a material misstatement in the application for the license;
(c)Been convicted of an offense involving breach of trust, moral turpitude or fraudulent or dishonest dealing, including but not limited to the disqualifying criminal activities stated in paragraph (2) of subsection a. of section 7 of this act, if applicable, or had a final judgment entered against the person in a civil or administrative action upon grounds of fraud, misrepresentation, deceit, or failure to maintain books, accounts, records and other documents as required by section 21 of this act;
(d)Failed to comply with any reporting requirements set forth pursuant to section 35 of this act;
(f)Demonstrated unworthiness, incompetence, bad faith or dishonesty in the transaction of business as a licensee; or
(g)Engaged in any other conduct which would be deemed by the commissioner to be the cause for denial, revocation, suspension, or refusal of the license or license renewal.
(3)A license of a business licensee may be suspended, revoked, or not renewed if any officer, director, partner, or owner of the licensee has committed any act which would be cause for suspending, revoking or not renewing a license if issued to that person as an individual.
(4)If the license issued to a residential mortgage lender or residential mortgage broker as a qualified individual licensee is revoked or suspended, the affiliated license issued to the business licensee shall also be revoked or suspended by the commissioner, unless within the time fixed by the commissioner, in the case of a partnership, the connection therewith of the offending qualified individual licensee whose license has been revoked or suspended shall be severed and that individual's interest in the partnership and share in its activities brought to an end, or in the case of an association, corporation, or other legal entity, the offending qualified individual licensee whose license has been revoked or suspended shall be discharged and shall have no further participation in the legal entity's activities. In the case of an offending qualified individual licensee who is an officer or director of the corporation or other legal entity, that individual shall be required to fully divest himself of all stock, bonds or other corporate holdings.
b.The commissioner's authority with respect to oversight of licensees, and enforcement of the activities regulated under this act, shall include the following:
(1)The commissioner may access and examine books, accounts, records and other documents maintained by a licensee pursuant to section 21 of this act.
(2)The commissioner may conduct investigations or examinations, which may include the subpoena of witnesses and documents, pursuant to section 34 of this act.
(3)Whenever it appears to the commissioner that any person has engaged, is engaged, or is about to engage in any practice or transaction prohibited by this act, the commissioner may issue, in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), a cease and desist order if the commissioner determines it necessary. In addition to any other remedy available, the commissioner may also bring a summary action in a court of competent jurisdiction against a person, and any other person concerned or in any way participating in or about to participate in a practice or transaction in violation of this act, to enjoin the person from continuing the practice or transaction engaged in, or from engaging in the practice or transaction, or doing any act in furtherance towards engaging in the practice or transaction.
(4)The commissioner may impose a civil penalty not exceeding $25,000 on any person for a violation of this act. Each violation of this act, including any order, rule or regulation made or issued pursuant to this act, shall constitute a separate offense. Additionally, each violation of this act which constitutes a knowing violation shall be considered a crime of the third degree.
(5)The commissioner may order that any person who has been found to have knowingly violated any provision of this act, or of the rules and regulations issued pursuant hereto, and has thereby caused financial harm to consumers, be barred from acting as a residential mortgage lender, residential mortgage broker, or mortgage loan originator, or a stockholder, an officer, director, partner or other owner, or an employee of a licensee, or acting in any other capacity pursuant to this act. Violations of this final order shall be considered a crime of the third degree.
(6)The commissioner may order a person found to be in violation of this act to make restitution to any person aggrieved by the violation.
(7)The commissioner may order any other remedial action with respect to a violation of this act as the commissioner deems necessary.
c.The commissioner, in order to fulfill the activities encompassed by the commissioner's authority set forth in this section, may:
(1)Retain attorneys, accountants, or other professionals or specialists as examiners, auditors, or investigators to conduct, or assist with, any licensing activity, examination, or investigation;
(2)Utilize any public or privately available analytical system, method, or software;
(3)Utilize any examination or investigative report prepared by any federal banking agency or other federal agency, or any state agency including another department, division, bureau, or office of this State; and
(4)Enter into any necessary arrangement with a federal or state agency, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors or its successor organization, or other organization representing any federal or state agency, in order to reduce the commissioner's regulatory burden by sharing resources, including sharing information and materials through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry in accordance with subsection b. of section 12 of this act, and following standardized or uniform methods or procedures.
L.2009, c.53, s.20.
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