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§ 12-926. Denial, suspension, or revocation of license

West's Annotated Code of MarylandFinancial Institutions

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Financial Institutions
Title 12. Miscellaneous Institutions and Activities
Subtitle 9. Maryland Debt Management Services Act (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Financial Institutions, § 12-926
§ 12-926. Denial, suspension, or revocation of license
Grounds for discipline
(a) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, and subject to the hearing provisions of § 12-927 of this subtitle, the Commissioner may deny a license to an applicant, reprimand a licensee, or suspend or revoke the license of a licensee if the applicant or licensee or an owner, officer, director, or principal of the applicant or licensee:
(1) Fraudulently or deceptively obtains or attempts to obtain a license;
(2) Fraudulently or deceptively uses a license or debt management services license number;
(3) Presents or attempts to present the debt management services license number of another licensee as the applicant's or licensee's debt management services license number;
(4) Violates any provision of this subtitle or any regulation adopted under this subtitle;
(5) Is convicted under the laws of the United States or of any state of:
(i) A felony; or
(ii) A misdemeanor that is directly related to the fitness and qualification of the applicant or licensee to engage in the business of providing debt management services;
(6) In connection with the provision of debt management services:
(i) Commits a fraud;
(ii) Engages in an illegal or dishonest activity;
(iii) Has engaged or participated in an unsafe or unsound act; or
(iv) Misrepresents or fails to disclose a material fact to a person entitled to that information;
(7) Engages in false, misleading, or deceptive advertising; or
(8) Otherwise demonstrates unworthiness, bad faith, dishonesty, or any other quality that indicates that the business of the applicant or licensee has not been or will not be conducted honestly, fairly, and equitably.
Factors considered in determining appropriate discipline
(b) In determining whether to deny a license to an applicant, reprimand a licensee, or suspend or revoke the license of a licensee for a reason listed in subsection (a)(5) of this section, the Commissioner shall consider:
(1) The nature of the crime;
(2) The relationship of the crime to the activities authorized by the license;
(3) With respect to a felony, the relevance of the conviction to the fitness and qualification of the applicant or licensee to provide debt management services;
(4) The length of time since the conviction; and
(5) The behavior and activities of the applicant or licensee since the conviction.
Violations resulting in property damage or monetary loss
(c) Subject to the hearing provisions of § 12-927 of this subtitle, the Commissioner shall deny a license to an applicant and suspend or revoke the license of a licensee if the applicant or licensee or an owner, officer, director, or principal of the applicant or licensee has:
(1) Committed a violation of subsection (a) of this section that directly results in property damage or monetary loss by any other person; and
(2) Has not restored the property or money to the person or paid the value of the property to the person.

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Added by Acts 2003, c. 374, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, c. 375, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2003.
MD Code, Financial Institutions, § 12-926, MD FIN INST § 12-926
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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