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The 2018 Florida Statutes

Title XXXVIII
BANKS AND BANKING
Chapter 655
FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS GENERALLY
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F.S. 655.037
655.037 Removal of a financial institution-affiliated party by the office.
(1) The office may issue and serve upon any financial institution-affiliated party and upon the financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation involved, a complaint stating charges if the office has reason to believe that the financial institution-affiliated party is engaging or has engaged in conduct that is:
(a) An unsafe or unsound practice;
(b) A prohibited act or practice;
(c) A willful violation of any law relating to financial institutions;
(d) A violation of any other law involving fraud or moral turpitude which constitutes a felony;
(e) A violation of s. 655.50, relating to the control of money laundering and terrorist financing; chapter 896, relating to offenses related to financial transactions; or similar state or federal law;
(f) A willful violation of any rule of the commission;
(g) A willful violation of any order of the office;
(h) A willful breach of any written agreement with the office; or
(i) An act of commission or omission or a practice which is a breach of trust or a breach of fiduciary duty.
(2) The complaint must contain the statement of facts and notice of opportunity for a hearing pursuant to ss. 120.569 and 120.57.
(3) If no hearing is requested within the time allowed by ss. 120.569 and 120.57, or if a hearing is held and the office finds that any of the charges in the complaint are true and that the state financial institution has suffered or will likely suffer loss or other damage or that the interests of the depositors, members, or shareholders could be seriously prejudiced by reason of such violation or practice or breach of fiduciary duty or that the financial institution-affiliated party has received financial gain by reason of such violation, practice, or breach of fiduciary duty, and that such violation, practice, or breach of fiduciary duty is one involving personal dishonesty on the part of such financial institution-affiliated party or a continuing disregard for the safety or soundness of the state financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation, the office may enter an order removing the financial institution-affiliated party or restricting or prohibiting participation by such financial institution-affiliated party in the affairs of that particular state financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation or any other state financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation.
(4) If the financial institution-affiliated party fails to respond to the complaint within the time allowed in ss. 120.569 and 120.57, such failure constitutes a default and justifies the entry of an order of removal.
(5) A contested or default order of removal is effective when reduced to writing and served on the state financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation and the financial institution-affiliated party. An uncontested order of removal is effective as agreed.
(6)(a) The chief executive officer, or the person holding the equivalent office, of a state financial institution shall promptly notify the office if he or she has actual knowledge that any financial institution-affiliated party is charged with a felony in a state or federal court.
(b) Whenever any financial institution-affiliated party is charged with a felony in a state or federal court, or in the courts of any foreign country with which the United States maintains diplomatic relations, and such charge alleges violation of any law involving fraud, currency transaction reporting, money laundering, theft, or moral turpitude and the charge under such foreign law is equivalent to a felony charge under state or federal law, the office may enter an emergency order suspending such financial institution-affiliated party or restricting or prohibiting participation by such financial institution-affiliated party in the affairs of that particular state financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation or any other financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation, upon service of the order upon the state financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation and the financial institution-affiliated party so charged. The order shall contain notice of opportunity for a hearing pursuant to ss. 120.569 and 120.57, where the financial institution-affiliated party may request a postsuspension hearing to show that continued service to or participation in the affairs of the state financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation does not pose a threat to the interests of the state financial institution’s depositors, members, or stockholders, or threaten to impair public confidence in the state financial institution. In accordance with applicable commission rules, the office shall notify the financial institution-affiliated party whether the order suspending or prohibiting the financial institution-affiliated party from participation in the affairs of a state financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation will be rescinded or otherwise modified. The emergency order will remain in effect, unless otherwise modified by the office, until the criminal charge is disposed of. The acquittal of the financial institution-affiliated party charged, or the final, unappealed dismissal of all charges against such person, will dissolve the emergency order, but will not prohibit the office from instituting proceedings under subsection (1). If the financial institution-affiliated party charged is convicted or pleads guilty or nolo contendere, whether or not an adjudication of guilt is entered by the court, the emergency order becomes final.
(7) Any financial institution-affiliated party removed from office pursuant to this section is not eligible for reelection to such position or to any official position in any financial institution in this state except with the written consent of the office. Any financial institution-affiliated party who is removed, restricted, or prohibited from participation in the affairs of a state financial institution pursuant to this section may petition the office for modification or termination of any such removal, restriction, or prohibition.
(8) The resignation, termination of employment or participation, or separation from a state financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation of the financial institution-affiliated party does not affect the jurisdiction and authority of the office to issue any notice and proceed under this section against such financial institution-affiliated party, if such notice is served before the end of the 6-year period beginning on the date such person ceases to be such a financial institution-affiliated party with respect to such state financial institution, subsidiary, or service corporation.
History.s. 1, ch. 80-273; s. 439, ch. 81-259; ss. 5, 6, ch. 84-216; s. 39, ch. 85-62; s. 1, ch. 85-65; s. 4, ch. 89-229; s. 1, ch. 90-51; s. 1, ch. 91-307; ss. 1, 17, ch. 92-303; s. 291, ch. 96-410; s. 1758, ch. 97-102; s. 1710, ch. 2003-261; s. 5, ch. 2014-91.