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Hefty fines prove risks of Violating the CFPB’s LO Comp Rules

November 17th, 2014 Comments off

 

cash401k2012flickrcreativecommons=credit-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Ari Karen, writing in National Mortgage News  reports a consent order that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has entered into a consent decree with Franklin Loan Corporation. The decree mandates the company to pay $730,000 in fines, based upon the allegation that Franklin improperly paid 32 loan officers bonuses. A civil lawsuit may follow. Plus 5 years of reporting to any person reporting to the company whose duties are impacted by the decree is part of the agreement.

Karen told MHProNews that, “If in fact these allegations are accurate, it is not surprising that regulators found such a compensation plan to violate the LO comp rules. Whether paid as arrears or paid as expenses, compensation that is predicated on the terms of loans is unlawful. What may surprise many lenders, however, is that Franklin is not a massive company. Indeed, the violation in question involved fewer than 40 loan officers.”

Karen elaborated, saying: “Hence, the myth that smaller companies do not need to worry about the CFPB and/or compliance is once again proven wrong. Once again, there is also proof a lender cannot outsmart the agency through inaccurate titles and/or “bonuses.”

Industry in Focus  shared a manufactured housing focused report on the CFPB’s 2014 rules, including the LO Comp rule, which is available free to industry professionals, linked here. ##

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Dirty Water

October 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Widespread environmental management problems at 73 manufactured home communities led to the imposition of a $1,339,000 penalty for violating state and federal clean water and waste treatment statutes. All the communities are connected to Frank Perano of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, who has signed a consent decree to pay, pending court approval and a 30-day public comment period. The result of a multi-year investigation found 5,200 violations of state and EPA drinking water and sewage standards in 45 communities in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The various corporations of Perano have been cooperative, according to investigators, and have agreed to the required upgrades. As MSNBC tells MHProNews, a third-party environmental consultant will periodically perform quality control audits at the communities to assure compliance.

(Photo credit: Localism–Melody Lakes Country Cub Estates, one of the communities affected))