Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance

Archived News Releases

2017

Investment Adviser Seminar

News Release Date: July 13, 2017

NDBF to Hold August 17th Investment Adviser Compliance Seminar

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (“NDBF”) recently announced comprehensive amendments to its Rules under the Securities Act of Nebraska, contained in Title 48 of the Nebraska Administrative Code, became effective on June 5, 2017.  The amendments reflect NDBF’s goal of reducing regulatory complexity and promoting uniformity while protecting investors and promoting capital formation in Nebraska.

The NDBF Bureau of Securities will host a compliance seminar on August 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm CDT to assist investment advisers and their compliance personnel in understanding and complying with these new requirements.  Speakers will include NDBF Director Mark Quandahl, Deputy Director – Securities Bureau Claire McHenry, and Securities Bureau Counsel Mike Cameron. 

People may attend in person or electronically via webinar.  Space is limited.  Register by August 11, 2017 to reserve your seat.

Where:            Training Room – Basement Level
                        1526 K Street
                        Lincoln, NE 68508

When:             August 17, 2017
                        2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Registration:  Click here to email the NDBF Securities Bureau.  Include in the email your name, firm, and whether you will attend in person or via webinar. Webinar participants will be emailed instructions on joining the webinar.

 

 NDBF Investment Adviser Compliance Seminar

Securities Rules Update Announced

News Release Date: June 20, 2017

Securities Act of Nebraska Rules Effective

Comprehensive Securities Rules Update Announced

JUNE 20, 2017 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — The Nebraska Department of Banking & Finance (“Department”)
announces that amendments to its Rules under the Securities Act of Nebraska contained in Title 48 of
the Nebraska Administrative Code became effective June 5, 2017. These amendments represent the
first comprehensive amendments to these rules since 1999, as 33 of the 42 chapters in Title 48 were
amended.

The amendments reflect the Department’s goal of reducing regulatory complexity and promoting
uniformity while protecting investors and promoting capital formation in Nebraska. Highlights of the
amendments include the following:

  • Implements filing requirements for Regulation A, Tier 2 Offerings,
  •  Increases the maximum amount that can be raised pursuant to the Intrastate Offering Exemption, Section 8-1111(20) of the Securities Act of Nebraska, from $750,000.00 to $1,000,000.00,
  •  Amends the information required to be submitted to the Department to request an Order Curing Late Notice for certain notice filings,
  •  Adopts the most recent North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) Statements of Policy concerning the registration of securities in Nebraska,
  •  Adopts the recent amendments to NASAA’s Brochure Rule for state -registered investment advisers,
  •  Adopts NASAA’s model custody rule for state -registered investment advisers, which includes a definition of the term “custody”,
  •  Adopts rules concerning succession planning for state-registered investment advisers, and
  •  Repeals a rule concerning debt securities issued by a church or congregation

Copies of the updated regulations are available on the Department’s website.

The Department will be conducting compliance seminars with state-registered investment advisers to
discuss rule amendments affecting them. Details regarding the seminars will be forthcoming in the next
few weeks.

 

View Notice of New Securities Rules

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

News Release Date: June 15, 2017

NDBF Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Encourages Financial Firms to Watch for Signs of Elder Financial Fraud and Exploitation

June 15, 2017 (LINCOLN, NEB.) – In recognition of World Elder Abuse Day on June 15, 2017, the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) reminds financial professionals of the importance of safeguarding Nebraska’s senior population by keeping a watchful eye for signs of elder financial exploitation and promptly reporting possible abuse to appropriate authorities.

Elder financial abuse is on the rise due to the amount of wealth seniors have accumulated throughout their careers and the increasing number of retirees throughout North America.

"Seniors are often targeted for financial fraud and exploitation because they may be isolated from family, caregivers, and other support networks. In other instances, it could be family or caregivers who are taking advantage of the vulnerable adult who feels he/she cannot say anything due to fear of retribution. That's why it is important to know the red flags that could signal an elder's savings may be in danger, " NDBF Director Mark Quandahl said.

Director Quandahl highlighted three warning signs of possible elder financial fraud or exploitation to watch for:

  • Has the elder moved away from existing relationships and toward new associations with other "friends" or strangers who show excessive interest in his or her finances or accounts, refuse to allow the elder to speak or are reluctant to leave the senior's side during conversations?
  • Does the elder show an unusual degree of fear, anxiety, submissiveness or deference toward the person accompanying him or her?
  • Does the elder display unexplained or unusual excitement over an investment opportunity, financial windfall or prize check?

"Financial services professionals are uniquely positioned to serve as a front line of defense to spot potential elder financial fraud and exploitation and alert authorities," Director Quandahl said.

Financial professionals who suspect elder financial fraud or exploitation are encouraged to contact NDBF through the department's website at www.ndbf.nebraska.gov, or by calling the NDBF Consumer Hotline toll free at (877) 471-3445 in Nebraska, or (402) 471-3445 if you are out of state. People who have reason to believe a vulnerable adult has been abused, neglected or exploited may contact the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Adult Protect Services 24-hour hotline toll free at (800) 652-1999 or lo.cal law enforcement.

NDBF has teamed with the North American Securities Administrators Association, of which it is a member, to provide free training to help financial services employees learn how to identify and report suspected cases of senior financial exploitation. To learn more about the Senior$afe training program, or to request a training session for your firm, contact the Department.

 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

 

Girls State

News Release Date: June 08, 2017

On Thursday June 8, 2017, Department of Banking and Finance Legal Counsel Mike Cameron and Deputy Director Financial Institutions Kelly Lammers met with Girls State participants.  The discussion included the uniqueness of Nebraska Securities and Banking regulations, the volume of updates to laws and rules over this past year, and time for questions, which included interest in ID theft.  Pictured below in a State Capitol hearing room are Mike Cameron and Girls State delegates representing the communities of Friend, Hartington, Callaway, Scribner, Sutherland, Syracuse, Tekamah, Mullen, Wahoo, and Minden.

Consumer Alert

News Release Date: May 22, 2017

Nebraska Man Convicted of Securities Fraud

May 22, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Scott Robert Prill (“Prill”), formerly of Kearney and Holdrege Nebraska, has been convicted of securities fraud in three Nebraska counties. Prill sold unregistered promissory note securities to Nebraska residents to fund a cattle business. Prill also fraudulently failed to provide material information to the investors in his offer and sale of securities to them. Prill was sentenced to five years of probation in Douglas County, five years of probation in Phelps County, and six years of probation in Buffalo County. In addition, Prill was sentenced to 180 days in jail in Buffalo County. Prill was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $128,000.

Scott Robert Prill Consumer Alert May 2017

Consumer Alert

News Release Date: May 10, 2017

Papillion Company Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investors

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (“Department”) has issued a Cease and Desist Order to Blazefly, Inc., Papillion, NE, its President Jamie Crager, 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 the securities have been registered, and until the entity and individuals are registered as broker-dealers or agents of a broker-dealer with the Department.   

Blazefly Inc C&D
Blazefly Inc Order Affirming C&D
Consumer Alert Blazefly Inc May 2017

Cease and Desist Order Issued

News Release Date: April 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

News Release Date: March 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

News Release Date: March 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

News Release Date: February 02, 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

News Release Date: February 01, 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 .

2016

Designated Securities Manuals

News Release Date: September 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

News Release Date: August 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

News Release Date: August 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

News Release Date: August 01, 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

News Release Date: June 01, 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

News Release 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

News Release Date: March 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

News Release Date: March 01, 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.

Read full press release

2015

Switches

News Release Date: December 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

News Release Date: October 09, 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

Investor Protection Institute to Offer $100 Prize in "Dash for the Stash"

News Release Date: April 07, 2015

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF BANKING AND FINANCE, INVESTOR PROTECTION INSTITUTE TO OFFER $1,000 PRIZE IN “DASH FOR THE STASH” FINANCIAL LITERACY PUSH IN LIBRARIES

Public libraries and other institutions in Nebraska will participate in the DASH for the STASH investor education/protection program and contest taking place April 15-May 15, 2015 as part of Financial Literacy Month. Research shows that the four focuses of DASH for the STASH – financial fraud, building a nest egg, selecting financial advisers, and the cost of investment fees – are all topics about which many investors need to learn more.

Read more, including Contest Rules, Participating Libraries, and the Focus of the Contest

Notice of Rulemaking Hearing

News Release Date: January 07, 2015

Notice is hereby given that the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance will hold a rulemaking hearing on January 7, 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. The purpose of the hearing is to take testimony and evidence concerning the following changes to the Rules and Regulations of the Department:

  1. The proposed revision of Title 48, Chapter 1.
  2. The proposed adoption of new Title 48, Chapter 38.
  3. The proposed adoption of new Title 48, Chapter 39.
  4. The proposed adoption of new Title 48, Chapter 40.
  5. The proposed adoption of new Title 48, Chapter 41.
  6. The proposed adoption of new Title 48, Chapter 42.

Read Full Notice
Read Fiscal Impact Statement

2013

Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Warns About Online Escrow Company

News Release Date: June 03, 2013

Lincoln, Neb., June 3, 2013 – The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is warning Nebraska residents about an internet-based escrow company. Lincoln Closing and Escrow Services (“LCE”) claims to be based at 1248 “O” Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. The Department has determined that no such company is located at that location.

LCE claimed to be a licensed money transmitter and provided the consumer with a copy of a Sale of Checks and Funds Transmission license allegedly issued to it by the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance. The license stated that LCE was a trade name of Skrill USA, Inc. (“Skrill”), a legitimate, licensed money transmitter. The license provided to the consumer was fraudulent. LCE is not licensed by the Department, nor is it affiliated with Skrill or any other licensed money transmitter.

Full Press Release

2012

Statement of Policy #33

News Release Date: September 18, 2012

The Department issued Statement of Policy #33, entitled “Electronic Terminal Access,” on September 18, 2012. SOP #33 focuses on Section 8-157.01 of the Nebraska Banking Act and Automated Teller Machine transactions, Point-of-Sale transactions, and Switches.

Forms
SOP #33

Virginia-Based Company Ordered to Stop Soliciting Nebraska Investors

News Release Date: February 14, 2012

Lincoln, Neb., February 14, 2012 – The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance has issued a Cease and Desist Order against Greyton, LLC, 8972 Quioccasin Road, No. 138, Richmond, Virginia (“Greyton”), its manager, Anthony T. Hall (“Hall”), and its affiliates, officers, directors, agents, and employees. The Order prohibits the entities and individuals named from offering or selling securities to Nebraska investors.

Full Press Release

2011

Nebraska News

News Release Date: December 31, 2011

Recently a Pawnee City man was charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his elderly uncle over an eleven-month period. A Nebraska State Patrol investigation revealed that over $600,000 of assets were liquidated by the man. The investigation found that the thief sold land, cashed CD’s, and transferred money out of accounts. The uncle had reportedly issued the man a durable power of attorney.

Durable powers of attorney are good tools. Durable powers of attorney, however, present some risk when they are issued to non-bonded, non-regulated individuals. There are entities in Nebraska that have state or federal authority to act with fiduciary powers. Those entities are found within banks or are independent trust companies, and they are regulated, examined, and bonded. Those entities are run by individuals who have made fiduciary decision making their full-time job.

Before issuing a durable power of attorney to someone to control your assets, you should consider if this is your best option. Please contact the Department (402) 471-2171 if you have a question regarding any bank or trust company using trust powers.

IA “Switch” Workshop Announcement

News Release Date: December 01, 2011

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Securities Bureau is conducting a series of seminars for “Switch” Investment Advisers as a result of the Dodd-Frank legislation. The seminars will provide Switch IA’s with information on relevant Nebraska law as well as a general overview of the Nebraska registration and examination processes. The seminars also present an excellent opportunity to meet and ask questions of Bureau staff. The seminars are free of charge.

December 1, 2011

IA “Switch” Workshop
Presented by the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Bureau of Securities
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Omaha State Office Building | Room 233J | 1313 Farnam Street | Omaha, NE

December 8, 2011

IA “Switch” Workshop
Presented by the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Bureau of Securities
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance
Commerce Court Building | Suite 400 | 1230 O Street | Lincoln, NE
For more information about the workshops: (402) 471-3445
Click here to visit the IA Switch Resource Center

Masquerading Web site: Helpwithmybank.com

News Release Date: November 30, 2011

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a warning that the Web site "helpwithmybank.com," is attempting to masquerade as the legitimate Web site, "helpwithmybank.gov," and contains potentially damaging malware. The illegitimate site redirects the user to the legitimate site "helpwithmybank.gov" in an attempt to convince users that they are connecting to a legitimate site. Attempts to connect to the fake Web site could expose the user to harmful malware.

Any information that you may have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Email: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Enforcement & Compliance Division, MS 8-10 250 E St. SW, Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Closes Mid City Bank, Inc., Omaha

News Release Date: November 04, 2011

Lincoln, Neb., November 4 – The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) announced that at 6:00 p.m. today it closed Mid City Bank, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska. The bank’s four branch offices, also located in Omaha, Nebraska, were simultaneously closed. The NDBF had been closely monitoring the bank for some time and recently made a demand for a capital injection, which was not met. The Department named the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver of the bank. The FDIC has entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Purdum State Bank, Purdum, Nebraska, which will change its name to “Premier Bank.” The transaction includes the assumption of all customer deposits. All offices of the bank will be open for business on Saturday, November 5, under the new name, Premier Bank. Premier Bank is owned by the Greg Stine family.

Full Press Release

Nebraska Regulator Named Head of International Securities Organization

News Release Date: September 13, 2011

Lincoln, Neb., September 13, 2011 – Jack E. Herstein, Assistant Director of the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance and head of the Department’s Bureau of Securities, begins his one-year tenure today as President of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Herstein gave his inaugural address during the annual NASAA conference, being held this year in Wichita, Kansas. NASAA is celebrating 100 years of state securities regulation in the state which enacted the first laws to protect investors.

Full Press Release

Depository Institution Mortgage Loan Originators Must Register

News Release Date: July 29, 2011

The Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) is now accepting registration of mortgage loan originators (MLO) who are employees of depository institutions and certain subsidiaries. Following expiration of the 180-day initial registration period on July 29, 2011, any employee of an agency-regulated institution who is subject to the registration requirements will be prohibited from originating residential mortgage loans without first meeting these requirements.

Please refer to the NMLS Resource Center for information
http://mortgage.nationwidelicensingsystem.org/Pages/Default.aspx. The resource center contains information about the registry, including the rules and upcoming training sessions, and provides contact information for the federal agencies concerning the SAFE Act requirements.

Chapters 1 and 15 of Title 48 of the Nebraska Administrative Code have been amended

News Release Date: June 25, 2011

Effective June 25, 2011, Chapters 1 and 15 of Title 48 of the Nebraska Administrative Code have been amended. Please ensure you have the most recent version of these Chapters.

Revised Chapter 1 updates the Department address.
Revised Chapter 15 provides for the filing of financial statements and sales reports by certain issuers claiming a transactional exemption from securities registration pursuant to 48 NAC 15 and Neb. Rev. Stat. § 8-1111(9). The revisions implement statutory changes enacted in 2010 and apply to issuers who make filings in five consecutive years or who sell in excess of $1 million dollars in securities.

Department of Banking Issues Warning about Oil and Gas Scams

News Release Date: May 02, 2011

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is issuing a warning to Nebraska residents considering investing in oil, gas, or alternative energy programs. According to Jack Herstein, Assistant Director for the Department’s Bureau of Securities, con artists frequently rely on today’s headlines in pitching their investment schemes. With recent headlines focusing on prices at the gas pump, Herstein warned Nebraska residents to be alert to investments in traditional and alternative energy projects. Such investments are highly risky and not appropriate for smaller investors.

Full Press Release

UPDATED DELAYED DEPOSIT SERVICES INFORMATION

News Release Date: May 01, 2011

The Department has updated its Delayed Deposit Services Interpretative Opinions and its Frequently Asked Questions document. The Interpretative Opinions were effective May 1, 2011, and include new Interpretative Opinion No. 7, which relates to Collection Items and the types of documentation that Department examiners will be looking for in collection files.

Click here for the DDS Interpretative Opinions.
Click here for the DDS FAQs.

FDIC Announces Hotline for Small Businesses Regarding Availability of Credit

News Release Date: January 13, 2011

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation held a forum on small lending to explore ways in which credit can be made more accessible to the small business sector. As a result of the forum and in recognition of importance of available credit to small businesses, the FDIC announced the formation of a new dedicated, toll-free hotline for small businesses. The new hotline became operational January 13, 2011, and allows small business owners to make inquiries with FDIC officials or to register concerns about the availability of credit. The FDIC will respond to inquiries about policies and financial institutions it regulates as well as make referrals to other governmental agencies where appropriate.

The small business hotline is operational Monday thru Friday, 8am to 8pm, Eastern Standard Time. The toll-free number is 1-855-FDIC-BIZ (1-855-334-2249). To complement the new small business hotline, the FDIC also created a dedicated Web site for small businesses to utilize: www.fdic.gov/smallbusiness.

Full Press Release

2010

Notice of Rulemaking Hearing Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance

News Release Date: December 14, 2010

Notice is hereby given that the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance will hold a rulemaking hearing on December 14, 2010, commencing at 9:30 a.m., at the offices of the Department of Banking and Finance, Commerce Court, Suite 400, 1230 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508.

The purpose of the hearing is to take testimony and evidence concerning the following changes to the Rules and Regulations of the Department:

  1. The proposed revision of Title 48, Chapter 1.
  2. The proposed revision of Title 48, Chapter 15.

Read Full Notice

Omaha-Based Company Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investors

News Release Date: October 12, 2010

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance has issued a Cease and Desist Order against Complete Development International, Inc., 16009 Oak Plaza, Omaha, NE (“Complete Development”), its president, William “Bill” Tate, and its affiliates, officers, directors, agents and employees. The Order prohibits the entities and individuals named from offering or selling securities to Nebraska investors.

Full Press Release

Nebraska Regulator Named Future Head of International Securities Organization

News Release Date: September 30, 2010

Jack E. Herstein, Assistant Director of the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance and head of the Department’s Bureau of Securities, has been elected President-Elect of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Organized in 1919, NASAA is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. It is a voluntary association whose membership consists of 67 state, provincial, and territorial securities administrators in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Mexico.

Full Press Release

Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Warns Borrowers about an Online Loan Company

News Release Date: September 24, 2010

Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Warns Consumers About Two Online Loan Companies

News Release Date: September 07, 2010

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is warning Nebraska residents about two Internet-based companies offering personal loans to consumers. Barstow Brokers claims to be based at 11110 Fort Street, Suite 201, Omaha, Nebraska, and 1st Liberty Financial Corporation lists its address as 2900 South 70th Street, Suite 200, Lincoln, Nebraska. The Department has verified that the companies do not have offices at the addresses listed. Both companies require potential borrowers to pay fees between $200 and $1,500 in advance of funding any loan. The Department urges consumers to exercise extreme caution when completing online loan applications which require personal information. Money is often not the only thing scammers are seeking; many are after personal information. With the application, the scammer has access to a consumer’s Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank account information.

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Information for Customers of TierOne Bank, a Federal Savings Bank, Insolvent The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named receiver of TierOne Bank, FSB, after it was closed by the Office of Thrift Supervision on June 4, 2010. Customers of TierOne Bank who have questions or concerns are strongly urged to review a special FDIC website for TierOne Bank: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/tieronebankne.html.

Great Western Bank, 3405 South Sycamore Avenue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57110, assumed all the deposits and purchased assets of TierOne Bank from the FDIC. Contact with Great Western Bank may be by telephone at 605-371-9708, or through its website, www.greatwesternbank.com

The Department cautions customers of TierOne Bank that customers of failed financial institutions are prime targets for attempts at identity theft. Neither the FDIC nor the purchasing bank will send emails requesting private information such as social security numbers, account numbers, or account passwords. Do not respond to, and immediately delete, any such emails.

NDBF Announces Successful Implementation of Mortgage Loan Originator Licensing Requirements

News Release Date: August 02, 2010

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is pleased to announce the successful implementation of mortgage loan originator licensing requirements as required by the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 (the “SAFE Act”) and by legislation enacted in 2009 and 2010 which made significant amendments to the Nebraska Residential Mortgage Licensing Act to bring Nebraska in compliance with the SAFE Act.

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DBF Joins 35 State Settlement With CitiFinancial

News Release Date: March 24, 2010

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance today announced that it has joined a 35 State settlement agreement with CitiFinancial and its mortgage lending entities. The agreement between CitiFinancial and state mortgage regulators was executed after an examination conducted by the Massachusetts Division of Banks to determine compliance with state and federal consumer protection laws. The examination found that CitiFinancial had failed to report 91,127 residential mortgage loans to the federal government as required by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), including 472 Nebraska loans that were not reported. The mortgage loans that were omitted from CitiFinancial’s HMDA Loan Application Register were originated between 2004 through 2007. The underreporting of the mortgage loans was apparently caused by an internal systems error at CitiFinancial that went undetected until the Massachusetts examination.

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NMLS Consumer Access (01-25-2010)

News Release Date: January 25, 2010

The Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System & Registry (NMLS)—a mortgage licensing system operated by state financial regulators, including Nebraska—provides “NMLS Consumer Access”. NMLS Consumer Access is a fully searchable website that allows the public to view information concerning state-licensed mortgage companies, branch offices, and individuals currently licensed through NMLS.

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Norfolk-Based Company Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investors

News Release Date: January 13, 2010

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance has issued a Cease and Desist Order against Global Media Holdings, LLC, 202 West Norfolk Avenue, Norfolk, NE (“Global”), its manager, Troy Hand, and its affiliates, officers, directors, agents and employees. The Order prohibits the entities and individuals named from soliciting Nebraska investors.

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2009

Omaha-Based Companies Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investors

News Release Date: November 17, 2009

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance has issued a Cease and Desist Order against Citywide Financial Service Corp. and K&R Development LLC, 16350 Crestfield Drive, Omaha, NE and Dewayne Long, their president/manager, officers and employees. The companies solicited investors in several states.

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Internet Loan Scammer Impersonating Lincoln Business

News Release Date: July 13, 2009

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is warning of an Internet finance company calling itself Hamilton Lending Group, which lists its address as 1248 “O” Street, Lincoln, Neb. The Department has verified that the company does not have an office at the address listed.

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Department Issues Cease and Desist Order to Omaha-Based Investment Firm

News Release Date: July 06, 2009

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance has issued a Cease and Desist Order and an Order to Show Cause against Envision Investment Advisors, LLC, 1065 North 115th Street, Suite 150, Omaha, Ne, and Ryan Jindra, its President and Chief Executive Officer. Envision is an investment advisory firm registered with the Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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NDBF Warns Consumers of Loan Scam

News Release Date: June 22, 2009

The NDBF is issuing a warning of a scam targeting consumers who need to borrow money. A company calling itself Hillsboro Financial Group, which lists its address as 4060 Vinton Street, Suite 4, Omaha, NE, offers personal loans to consumers and requires up-front fees for “lender’s insurance” in advance of funding a loan. The Department has verified that the company does not have an office at the Omaha address listed.

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Department Warns of Mystery Shopping Scam

News Release Date: May 14, 2009

The Department issues a warning of a scam targeting consumers who want to become mystery shoppers. A company calling itself Global Compliance, Inc., offers consumers an opportunity to participate in a paid customer research program known as “mystery shopping” or “secret shopping.” The Department has verified that the company does not have offices at the addresses listed.

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Department Issues Warning of Two Internet Loan Scams

News Release Date: February 20, 2009

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is issuing a warning of two scams targeting consumers who use Internet-based companies to borrow money. Companies calling themselves Bennett Financial Group and Westmont Financial Group, which list their respective addresses as 10665 Bedford Street and 8401 West Dodge Road, both in Omaha, NE, offer personal loans to consumer and require up-front “collateral payments” in advance of funding a loan. The Department has verified that the companies do not have offices at the addresses listed.

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Nebraska Banking Department Closes Sherman County Bank

News Release Date: February 13, 2009

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) announced that at 4 p.m. Feb. 13, it closed Sherman County Bank of Loup City, Nebraska. The bank’s branch offices in Farwell, Dannebrog and St. Paul, which operated under the name Howard County Bank, were also closed. The NDBF had been closely monitoring the bank and had ordered it to increase its capital reserves to a safe level. However, efforts by the bank to do so were unsuccessful. The Department named the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver of the bank. The FDIC has entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Heritage Bank headquartered in Wood River, Nebraska, to assume all of the deposits. Heritage Bank has branch offices in Aurora, Doniphan, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Neligh and Stromsburg, as well as mobile branches in Adams, Buffalo and Hall counties. Customers who have questions regarding Sherman County Bank and their accounts can call the FDIC toll free at 1-800-823-5346. Customers can also visit the FDIC’s website at www.fdic.gov for more information.

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State Agencies Investigate Grand Island Insurance Agency

News Release Date: January 16, 2009

On Monday, January 12, 2009, First Americans Insurance Service, Inc. of Grand Island filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. First Americans is registered with the Department of Insurance as an insurance agency. The bankruptcy filing indicates more than 200 creditors and over $100 million dollars in liabilities. Many of the creditors appear to be investors who purchased notes from First Americans. The Nebraska Attorney General's office has authorized a criminal investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol. All of the state agencies are working closely regarding the investigation to determine possible violations of state laws. Any investors that have questions or complaints can contact the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance at 402-471-2171 or its toll-free consumer number at 1- 877-471-3445. Any insurance customers that have questions should contact the Nebraska Department of Insurance at its toll-free consumer hotline at 1-877-564-7323.

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2008

Department Teams Up with AARP for Free Lunch Investment Seminar Monitor Program

News Release Date: October 29, 2008

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is working with AARP in a new initiative designed to give individuals an opportunity to fight back by reporting questionable investment practices in their communities to the state securities regulator for investigation.

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Official Warn Consumers About Internet Lending Fraud

News Release Date: August 29, 2008

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is warning consumers about an apparent online lending fraud involving an Internet-based lender, USA Financial Center, which listed its address as 1033 O Street, Suite 600, in Lincoln, Ne. The Department has verified that the company was not licensed and does not have an office at that location.

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NDBF Reaccredited by CSBS

News Release Date: July 21, 2008

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors(CSBS) announced that the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance has received its fourth certificate of accreditation from CSBS, certifying that the department maintains the highest standards and practices in state banking supervision. The CSBS Accreditation Program identifies banking departments that serve the citizens of their state by operating a capable and professional regulatory program.

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Department Issues Another Warning on Internet Loan Scams

News Release Date: May 29, 2008

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is issuing a warning of yet another scam targeting consumers who use Internet-based companies to borrow money. This time, a company calling itself Penbrook Financial Group, which lists its address as 6910 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE, offers personal loans to consumers and requires up-front "collateral payments" in advance of funding a loan. In this case, the company required a borrower to make four monthly payments totaling $2,460 prior to securing the loan. The Department has verified that the company does not have an office at the address listed.

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Officials Issue Warning About Internet Lending Scams

News Release Date: February 25, 2008

Recent complaints to the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance against Internet-based lending companies have prompted the Department to issue a warning to consumers about Internet lending scams. The Department is receiving a growing number of complaints on Internet-based cash advance companies, known as delayed deposit services in Nebraska and elsewhere as payday lenders, and Internet-based consumer loan companies.

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Munn to Join Federal Banking Council

News Release Date: February 22, 2008

John Munn, Director of the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance,has been elected chair of the State Liaison Committee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) and will serve as a voting member of the Council. The Council was established by Congress in 1979 to create a formal interagency body empowered to prescribe uniform principles, standards, and report forms for the federal examination of financial institutions.

2007

Kearney-Based Company Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investors

News Release Date: November 14, 2007

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance, in carrying out its regulatory authority under the Securities Act of Nebraska, has issued a Cease and Desist Order against Country Depot, Inc., 3810 Avenue A. Suite G, Kearney, Neb., and to Dennis Pace, its President, its officers and employees. Country Depot sells shares of stock and solicits investors for proposed retail stores specializing in tractor and farming supplies. The company allegedly planned to operate multiple stores, with the first store to be located in Kearney. The company solicited potential investors in Nebraska and other states.

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NDBF Joins Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System(9/18/07)

News Release Date: September 18, 2007

NDBF today announced that starting on January 2, 2008, the Department will join several states across the country in participating in the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) developed by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators. The goal of the NMLS is to streamline and improve the licensing of mortgage lenders, brokers and servicers that hold licenses in multiple states.

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Bruning, Munn File Action Against Alleged Predatory Lender

News Release Date: September 14, 2007

Attorney General Jon Bruning and John Munn, Director of the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF), announced that the State is suing Omaha-based Advantage Mortgage Service, Inc., a mortgage brokerage firm, and its principal owners and operators for predatory lending practices. The NDBF is also instituting license revocation proceedings.

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Cease & Desist Order Issued to Nebraska Internet Payday Lender

News Release Date: August 29, 2007

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) has issued an Order to Cease and Desist against SFS, Inc., doing business as One Click Cash, located at 52946 Highway 12, Suite 3, Niobrara, Nebraska, from operating as an Internet delayed deposit services business. According to Department records, One Click Cash does not have a license to operate a delayed deposit services business in the state. Delayed deposit services businesses are commonly referred to payday lenders.

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Consumer Advisory on Foreclosure Rescue Services

News Release Date: August 22, 2007

Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Director John Munn issued a consumer advisory today urging Nebraskans facing the possibility of foreclosure on a home mortgage to be cautious when working with foreclosure rescue consultants and companies. Recent inquiries to the Department regarding foreclosure have prompted Department officials to warn Nebraskans of the potential risks associated with foreclosure rescue services.

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Consumer Alert On Mortgage Payment Increases

News Release Date: July 10, 2007

Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Director John Munn today issued this consumer alert urging homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages especially those with nontraditional mortgages to plan now for any scheduled recasts or resets of interest rates in the year ahead. Non traditional mortgage loans and many subprime loans frequently feature a recast (or reset) with a significant payment increase.

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Lincoln Company Ordered to Cease Offering Securities Without Full Disclosure of the Background of the Company’s Principals

News Release Date: June 20, 2007

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) issued an Order to Cease and Desist on May 22,2007, against Northern Utilities, LLC, 2840 South 70th Street, #360, Suite 7, Lincoln, and two managing members, David R. Anderson and Trent P. Anderson. The Order states that Northern Utilities is offering $48,000,000 in membership interests to finance the development of an ethanol plant in Bradshaw, Nebraska.

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Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Adopts Regulatory Guidance on Nontraditional Mortgage Products

News Release Date: January 30, 2007

John Munn, Director of the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) recently announced the adoption of a set of regulatory guidelines covering the marketing of nontraditional mortgages by state-licensed entities. These guidelines promote consistent regulation in the mortgage market and clarify how residential mortgage providers can offer nontraditional mortgage products in a way that clearly discloses the risks borrowers may assume.

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