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2013

Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Warns About Online Escrow Company
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
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2012

Statement of Policy #33

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

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Virginia-Based Company Ordered to Stop Soliciting Nebraska Investors
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.
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2011

Nebraska News
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
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
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
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.
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Nebraska Regulator Named Head of International Securities Organization (09-13-2011)
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.
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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 (05-02-2011)
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.
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UPDATED DELAYED DEPOSIT SERVICES INFORMATION
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.

Depository Institution Mortgage Loan Originators Must Register:
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.

FDIC Announces Hotline for Small Businesses Regarding Availability of Credit (01-13-2011)
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.
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2010

NOTICE OF RULEMAKING HEARING NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF BANKING AND FINANCE
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.
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Omaha-Based Company Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investors (10-12-2010)
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.
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United States Citizenship Attestation Form
Required for Registrations & Licensing

Effective in Nebraska, October 1, 2009: All individual applicants seeking registration or licensing will be required to complete and submit the United States Citizenship Attestation Form to the Department.
Effective October 1, 2010, the Bureau of Securities has updated the process for citizenship verification. Please see the Memo and United States Citizenship Attestation Form below, for the updated process.
Click here for the Bureau of Securities citizenship form.
Click here for the Bureau of Securities October 1, 2010 MEMO updating its process of citizenship verification.
Click here for the mortgage licensing citizenship form.
Click here for all other licenses.

Nebraska Regulator Named Future Head of International Securities Organization (09-30-2010)
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.
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Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Warns Borrowers about an Online Loan Company (09-24-2010)
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Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance Warns Consumers About Two Online Loan Companies (09-07-2010)
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 (08-02-2010)
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 (03-24-2010)
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)
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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NMLS Consumer Access

Norfolk-Based Company Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investors (01-13-2010)
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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Order to Cease and Desist

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