Section 50318. (Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 160, Sec. 74.)
Cite as: Cal. Fin. Code §50318.
(a)The commissioner may, after appropriate notice and opportunity for hearing, by order censure or suspend for a period not exceeding 12 months, or bar from any position of employment, management, or control any residential mortgage lender, residential mortgage loan servicer, or mortgage loan originator, or any other person, if the commissioner finds either of the following:
(1)That the censure, suspension, or bar is in the public interest and that the person has committed or caused a violation of this division or rule or order of the commissioner, and (A) the violation was either known or should have been known by the person committing or causing it, or (B) the violation has caused material damage to the residential mortgage lender, residential mortgage loan servicer, mortgage loan originator, or to the public.
(2)That the person (A) has been convicted of or pleaded nolo contendere to any crime, or (B) has been held liable in any civil action by final judgment, or any administrative judgment by any public agency, if that crime or civil or administrative judgment involved any offense specified in subdivision (b) of Section 50317, or any other offense reasonably related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a person engaged in the business in accordance with the provisions of this division.
(b)Within 15 days from the date of a notice of intention to issue an order pursuant to subdivision (a), the person may request a hearing under the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code). Upon receiving a request, the matter shall be set for hearing to commence within 30 days after receipt unless the person subject to this division consents to a later date. If no hearing is requested within 15 days after the mailing or service of the notice and none is ordered by the commissioner, the failure to request a hearing shall constitute a waiver of the right to a hearing.
(c)Upon receipt of a notice of intention to issue an order pursuant to this section, the person who is the subject of the proposed order is immediately prohibited from engaging in any activities subject to licensure under the law.
(d)Persons suspended or barred under this section are prohibited from participating in any business activity of a licensed residential mortgage lender, residential mortgage loan servicer, or mortgage loan originator and from engaging in any business activity on the premises where a licensed residential mortgage lender, residential mortgage loan servicer, or mortgage loan originator is conducting its business. This subdivision shall not be construed to prohibit suspended or barred persons from having their personal transactions processed by a licensed residential mortgage lender, residential mortgage loan servicer, or mortgage loan originator.
(e)This section shall apply to any violation, conviction, plea, or judgment after the enactment of this section.
(f)If any provision of this section or the application of this section to any person or circumstances is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this section that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this section are severable.
(g)For purposes of this section, the term “employee” means (1) a mortgage loan originator, including a loan officer or other individual who negotiates agreements with the public, or (2) an individual with access to or responsibility for trust funds held by the licensee.