Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance

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Cease and Desist Order Issued

Publication Date: Apr 20, 2017

Cease and Desist Order Issued to Mortgage Servicers

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance has issued a Cease and Desist Order to Ocwen Financial Corporation through its Nebraska licensed subsidiaries, Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC and Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, Inc.  The Order prohibits the companies from the acquisition of mortgage servicing rights and the origination of mortgage loans until they are able to prove they can appropriately manage their consumer mortgage escrow accounts.

 

NDBF Press Release – Ocwen Financial Corp. 4-20-2017

Ocwen Financial Corp. Cease and Desist Order

Consumer Fact Sheet

Banking Act Update Signed

Publication Date: Mar 30, 2017

Comprehensive Banking Act Update Signed Into Law

LB 140 was signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts on March 29, 2017, during a ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol.  LB 140 is the first comprehensive revision of the Nebraska Banking Act since 1963.  LB 140 also updates related laws for banks and other financial institutions. 

 

In 2016, then Banking, Commerce and Insurance (BCI) Committee Chair Jim Scheer introduced Legislative Resolution 430, proposing to study whether the Nebraska Banking Act should be updated. Senator Scheer gathered legislators, BCI committee staff, banking and credit union industry professionals and Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) staff into a working group, and led a seven-month section by section review and redrafting of the Act.  LB 140 is the product of the LR 430 study committee and reflects its goals:  reducing regulatory complexity and carefully updating the Act to reflect the current banking environment, while protecting consumers and preserving the public confidence in the financial institutions of Nebraska.

 

LB 140 was introduced by Senator Matt Williams, Vice Chair of BCI, who participated in the working group.  The bill as introduced encompassed 143 Pages and 157 Sections, consisting of a combination of new sections, repealed sections, and amendments of existing sections of the Banking Act. Among its provisions, LB 140 authorizes an increase in the maximum number of a bank board of directors from 15 to 25; prohibits bank-affiliated individuals from being paid a higher rate of interest on deposits than paid by the bank for similar deposits and provides that a violation is a Class IV felony; allows financial institutions, in a state of emergency, to open a temporary office to conduct business for up to 30 months; authorizes the Department to provide for the electronic filing of certain bonds; repeals a registration requirement for banks making personal loans; and clarifies merger and acquisition procedures. 

 

The Legislature incorporated three other bills into LB 140:  LB196, introduced by Sen. Joni Craighead at the request of NDBF, which provides an annual update of the equal rights laws for  state-chartered depository financial institutions with their federal counterparts, and LB341 and LB 454, introduced by current BCI Chair Sen. Brett Lindstrom, who participated in the LR 430 working group. These bills allow for an opt-out of licensing requirements for bank executive officers and credit union loan officers, respectively.   

 

With the exception of the three sections amended by former LB 196, which carried the emergency clause and became effective March 30, 2017, LB 140 will become effective on or about September 1, 2017. NDBF will provide detailed information on the changes prior to that date.   The Slip Law version of LB 140 can be viewed at http://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=30705

 

Consumer Alert

Publication Date: Mar 20, 2017

Omaha Company Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investors

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (“Department”) issued a Cease and Desist Order against an Omaha-based company, Parker Grant BMC, Inc., its President Daniel M. Porter (“Porter”), and its affiliates, control persons, officers, directors, agents, and employees. The Order prohibits the entity and individuals named from offering or selling securities in Nebraska until they are registered as broker-dealers or agents of a broker-dealer with the Department.

Parker Grant BMC Consumer Alert
Parker Grant BMC C&D

BSA/AML Self-Assessment Tool

Publication Date: Feb 2, 2017

State Regulators Release BSA/AML Self-Assessment Tool

 

State regulators and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) have released a new voluntary self-assessment tool to help banks better manage Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering risk. The tool is meant to help institutions better identify, monitor, and communicate BSA/AML risk, reduce uncertainty surrounding BSA/AML compliance and foster greater transparency within the industry. Learn more and access the tool at the CSBD WebSite.

New Look & New Web Address

Publication Date: Feb 1, 2017

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance web page will have a new look and a new web address ndbf.nebraska.gov on 2/1/2017.  The old web address www.ndbf.ne.gov will automatically redirect to ndbf.nebraska.gov; however, bookmarks and links will need to be updated.  If you have questions, please contact your Review Examiner at 402-471-2171 or write DOB.info@nebraska.gov .

Designated Securities Manuals

Publication Date: Sep 26, 2016

On September 22, 2016, the Department issued an order recognizing the OTCQX Best Market and OTCQB Venture Market as designated securities manuals for purposes of Section 8-1111(2)(a)(iv) of the Securities Act of Nebraska (“the manual exemption”). The Order continues to recognize manuals published by Mergent, Inc. as approved manuals for purposes of the manual exemption. As part of the Order, the portions of the Bureau of Securities Interpretative Opinion #8 addressing the manual exemption were rescinded, and the Department has issued a revised Interpretative Opinion # 8.

Read the Order
Read Interpretative Opinion #8

Federal Regulatory Alert

Publication Date: Aug 25, 2016

Federal Regulatory Alert - Unauthorized Banking Entity: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is warning business owners and consumers of an entity calling itself Banc of Omaha. Business owners and consumers (who may not be business owners) are receiving letters by fax and mail stating that their company has been approved for up to $250,000 in working capital and to respond by a deadline because of limited funds.

Full OCC Press Release

Securities Rules Hearing

Publication Date: Aug 10, 2016

Securities Rules Notice is hereby given that the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance will hold a rulemaking hearing on August 10, 2016, commencing at 9:30 a.m., at the offices of the Department of Banking and Finance, 1526 K Street, Suite 300, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508.

Hearing Notice
Fiscal Impact Statement
Current Title 48 Securities Rules

Switches

Publication Date: Aug 1, 2016

Effective August 1, 2016, the Department revised the form, “Notices of Switch Operation,” to provide for the annual notice of operation filing. The annual notice is due on or before September 1, 2016.

Click here for the “Switches” page.

Securities Act of Nebraska Form U-1: New Filing Requirement

Publication Date: Jun 1, 2016

Effective July 1, 2016, the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) will require issuers filing pursuant to registration by coordination under Section 8-1106 of the Securities Act of Nebraska to file a separate Form U-1/Uniform Application to Register Securities for each distinctive share class to be offered. NDBF will receipt each share class under a separate and distinct state file number, applying the requisite fee to each filing accordingly. NDBF will no longer allow an issuer to reallocate fees between share classes of the offering after the initial filing is received and receipted.

NDBF Takes Emergency Action Against Omaha Investment Adviser

Publication Date: May 18, 2016

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (“NDBF”) issued an Emergency Order against Jerome P. Bonnett, Jr., a/k/a Joe Bonnett and two of his companies, Bonnett Financial Services, Inc., and BWM Advisors, LLC, Omaha, Nebraska, on May 18, 2016. The Order revoked Bonnett’s registration as an investment adviser representative and suspended the registration of BWM Advisors, LLC, for multiple violations of the Securities Act of Nebraska (“Act”).

In addition, the Nebraska Attorney General’s office, on behalf of NDBF, filed a civil action on May 18, 2016, in Douglas County District Court against Bonnett and his companies alleging violations of the Act and misappropriation of client funds. The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief, freezing of assets, and the appointment of a receiver. On May 20, 2016, the Douglas County District Court granted a Temporary Restraining Order and Asset Freeze against Jerome P. Bonnett, Jr. and the companies named above.

The hearing on the State’s request for a receiver was held June 6, 2016, before Douglas County District Judge Duane Dougherty. Judge Dougherty entered an Order appointing Thomas D. Stalnaker, 1111 N. 102nd Court, Suite 330, Omaha, Nebraska, 68114, as receiver for Bonnett Financial Services, Inc., BWM Advisors, LLC, Omaha, Nebraska, and the Estate of Jerome P. Bonnett, Jr.

NDBF has sent a letter and survey to all known clients of Jerome P. Bonnett, Jr. and the named companies. Responses will be used to assist the receiver. Persons who have not yet returned the surveys are asked to do so promptly. Clients who did not receive the letter are asked to contact NDBF at 402.471.2171.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Read the Emergency Order
Read the Court Complaint
Read the Court Order
Read the Order Setting Hearing
Read the Order Appointing Receiver

DASH for the STASH Winner

Publication Date: Mar 15, 2016

A Bellevue area woman won this year’s DASH for the STASH in Nebraska. Eighteen Nebraska libraries and other locations participated in the contest from March 15-May 15, 2016. Much like a scavenger hunt, players gather information about saving and investing by going to participating locations, reading investor education posters, and answering questions. The posters covered four key topics: finding financial advisers, avoiding fraud, understanding investment fees, and building a nest egg. The winner was randomly selected from those players who correctly answered the questions and awarded $1,000 to open or add to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

Dash for the Stash - Investor Education and Protection Program

Publication Date: Mar 1, 2016

Citizens of Nebraska are eligible to compete in an investor education and protection program and contest taking place March 15 - May 15, 2016. The DASH for the STASH program is being launched in Nebraska by the Department of Banking & Finance and the nonprofit Investor Protection Institute. The two organizations will present one statewide winner with a $1,000 prize to open or add to a retirement investment account for 2016.

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Switches

Publication Date: Dec 30, 2015

The Nebraska Legislature enacted significant changes to the laws governing switches, ATMS, and point-of-sale terminals. To implement LB 348 (2015), the Department has adopted the form, “Notices of Switch Operation,” and has rescinded Financial Institutions Statement of Policy #33.

Click here for the “Switches” page.

Consumers Beware of Scam Involving Old & Non-Existing Debts

Publication Date: Oct 9, 2015

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF BANKING AND FINANCE WARNS CONSUMERS TO BEWARE OF SCAM INVOLVING OLD AND NON-EXISTING DEBTS

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is warning residents to beware of a currently popular debt collection scam in which individuals call people to demand payment of an old “payday loan” and then threaten them with possible arrest or court action if they do not immediately send payment.

Full Press Release