Wednesday, July 24, 2013

CFPB throwing the book at Castle & Cooke for violating originator compensation rules

“We are taking action against the type of practices that precipitated the financial crisis,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Consumers should be able to get a mortgage without worrying about how the financial incentives of their loan officers may cause them to pay higher rates than they actually qualify for.”

The CFPB also said Castle & Cooke failed to adhere to certain recordkeeping requirements set forth under Regulation Z (Truth in Lending Act) and Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act. Specifically, the bureau said Castle & Cooke violated laws that require companies to retain their compliance records for a certain period of time. Creditors are required to retain evidence of compliance with the rule. The complaint alleges that Castle & Cooke did not record what portion of each loan officer’s quarterly bonus was attributable to a particular loan and did not reference its quarterly bonus program in each loan originator’s compensation agreement, in violation of federal consumer financial law.

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