senate Bill S3781B

Relates to unauthorized entities, unregistered mortgage brokers and mortgage fraud

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 03 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO BANKS
  • 01 / Jun / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.903
  • 02 / Jun / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 06 / Jun / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO BANKS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO BANKS
  • 19 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO BANKS
  • 19 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 3781A
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO BANKS
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 3781B
  • 07 / Mar / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.315
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 13 / Mar / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO BANKS

Summary

Relates to unauthorized entities, unregistered mortgage brokers and mortgage fraud; establishes additional penalties against unlicensed or unregistered persons or entities engaging in activities after receiving a cease and desist notice; relates to the crime of mortgage fraud.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3781
S3781A
S3781B
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Banks
Law Section:
Banking Law
Laws Affected:
Add §78-a, amd §§590 & 598, Bank L; amd Art 187 Art Head, amd §§187.00, 187.05, 187.10, 187.15, 187.20 & 187.25, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S4871
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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                 3781--B

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 3, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SMITH  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Banks  --  recommitted  to
  the  Committee  on  Banks  in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted  to  said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the banking law and the penal law, in relation to  unau-
  thorized entities, unregistered mortgage brokers and mortgage fraud

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The banking law is amended by adding a new section 78-a  to
read as follows:
  S  78-A.  UNAUTHORIZED  ENTITIES.  THE  FINANCIAL  FRAUDS AND CONSUMER
PROTECTION UNIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES SHALL REFER  ANY
INSTANCES  OF  A  PERSON, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION, CORPORATION OR OTHER
ENTITY WHICH IS OPERATING WITHOUT BEING CHARTERED,  LICENSED  OR  REGIS-
TERED  AS REQUIRED UNDER THIS CHAPTER TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND TO ANY
OTHER FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL AGENCY OR ENTITY FOR APPROPRIATE  ENFORCE-
MENT  ACTION.  AT  LEAST  EVERY  SIX  MONTHS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL
PROVIDE THE UNIT WITH A WRITTEN UPDATE OF THE STATUS OF ANY  ENFORCEMENT
ACTIONS IT HAS TAKEN AGAINST SUCH PERSONS OR ENTITIES.
  S  2. Paragraph (e) of subdivision 5 of section 590 of the banking law
is relettered paragraph (f) and a new paragraph (e) is added to read  as
follows:
  (E)  NO  MORTGAGE BANKER, MORTGAGE BROKER OR EXEMPT ORGANIZATION SHALL
CONDUCT BUSINESS WITH ANY PERSON, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION,  CORPORATION
OR OTHER ENTITY WHICH IT KNOWS OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN IS ACTING AS A MORT-
GAGE BANKER OR A MORTGAGE BROKER WITHOUT BEING LICENSED OR REGISTERED AS
REQUIRED  BY  THIS ARTICLE. A MORTGAGE BANKER, MORTGAGE BROKER OR EXEMPT
ORGANIZATION SHALL PROMPTLY NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT OF ANY SUCH UNLICENSED
OR UNREGISTERED OPERATIONS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09855-03-2

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  S 3. Subdivision 5 of section 598 of the  banking  law,  as  added  by
chapter 571 of the laws of 1986, is amended to read as follows:
  5.  Civil  penalties  assessable  against  unlicensed  or unregistered
persons or entities. If any non-exempt unlicensed or unregistered person
or entity engages in activities encompassed by this article, he shall be
liable to any person or entity affected by such activities for a sum  of
money of not less than the amount of money paid to an affected person or
entity in connection with such activities, nor more than four times such
sum; PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT WHERE A NON-EXEMPT UNLICENSED OR UNREGISTERED
PERSON  HAS  CONTINUED  TO  ENGAGE IN SUCH UNAUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES AFTER
RECEIVING A CEASE AND DESIST NOTICE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT, THE MAXIMUM
AMOUNT OF LIABILITY SHALL BE UP TO TEN TIMES SUCH SUM. Such sum  may  be
sued  for  and recovered by any person or entity for his use and benefit
in any court of competent jurisdiction.
  S 4.  The article heading of article 187 of the penal law, as added by
chapter 472 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
  [RESIDENTIAL] MORTGAGE FRAUD
  S 5. Section 187.00 of the penal law, as amended by chapter 507 of the
laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
S 187.00 Definitions.
  As used in this article:
  1. "Person" means any individual or entity.
  2. ["Residential mortgage] "MORTGAGE loan" means a loan  or  agreement
to  extend credit, including the renewal, refinancing or modification of
any such loan, made to a person OR AN ENTITY, which  loan  is  primarily
secured  by  either  a  mortgage,  deed of trust, or other lien upon any
interest in [residential] real property or any certificate of  stock  or
other  evidence  of ownership in, and a proprietary lease from, a corpo-
ration or partnership formed for the purpose of cooperative ownership of
[residential] real property.
  3. ["Residential real property" means  real  property  improved  by  a
one-to-four family dwelling, or a residential unit in a building includ-
ing units owned as condominiums or on a cooperative basis, used or occu-
pied,  or intended to be used or occupied, wholly or partly, as the home
or residence of one or more persons, but shall not refer  to  unimproved
real property upon which such dwellings are to be constructed.
  4.  "Residential  mortgage]  "MORTGAGE fraud" is committed by a person
who, knowingly and with  intent  to  defraud,  presents,  causes  to  be
presented,  or prepares with knowledge or belief that it will be used in
soliciting an applicant for, applying for,  underwriting  or  closing  a
[residential] mortgage loan, or filing with a county clerk of any county
in  the  state  arising out of and related to the closing of a [residen-
tial] mortgage loan, any written statement which:
  (a) contains materially false information concerning any fact material
thereto; or
  (b) conceals, for the purpose of  misleading,  information  concerning
any fact material thereto.
  S  6.  Section 187.05 of the penal law, as added by chapter 472 of the
laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
S 187.05 [Residential mortgage] MORTGAGE fraud in the fifth degree.
  A person is guilty of [residential] mortgage fraud in the fifth degree
when he or she commits [residential] mortgage fraud.
  [Residential mortgage] MORTGAGE fraud in the fifth degree is a class A
misdemeanor.
  S 7. Section 187.10 of the penal law, as added by chapter 472  of  the
laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:

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S 187.10 [Residential mortgage] MORTGAGE fraud in the fourth degree.
  A  person  is  guilty  of  [residential]  mortgage fraud in the fourth
degree when he or she commits [residential] mortgage fraud  and  thereby
receives  proceeds  or any other funds in the aggregate in excess of one
thousand dollars.
  [Residential mortgage] MORTGAGE fraud in the fourth degree is a  class
E felony.
  S  8.  Section 187.15 of the penal law, as added by chapter 472 of the
laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
S 187.15 [Residential mortgage] MORTGAGE fraud in the third degree.
  A person is guilty of [residential] mortgage fraud in the third degree
when he or she commits [residential] mortgage fraud and thereby receives
proceeds or any other funds in the aggregate in excess of three thousand
dollars.
  [Residential mortgage] MORTGAGE fraud in the third degree is a class D
felony.
  S 9. Section 187.20 of the penal law, as added by chapter 472  of  the
laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
S 187.20 [Residential mortgage] MORTGAGE fraud in the second degree.
  A  person  is  guilty  of  [residential]  mortgage fraud in the second
degree when he or she commits [residential] mortgage fraud  and  thereby
receives proceeds or any other funds in the aggregate in excess of fifty
thousand dollars.
  [Residential  mortgage] MORTGAGE fraud in the second degree is a class
C felony.
  S 10. Section 187.25 of the penal law, as added by chapter 472 of  the
laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
S 187.25 [Residential mortgage] MORTGAGE fraud in the first degree.
  A person is guilty of [residential] mortgage fraud in the first degree
when he or she commits [residential] mortgage fraud and thereby receives
proceeds  or  any  other funds in the aggregate in excess of one million
dollars.
  [Residential mortgage] MORTGAGE fraud in the first degree is a class B
felony.
  S 11. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after  it  shall
have become a law.

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