443.881. 1. Upon written notice to a licensee, the director may suspend or revoke any license issued pursuant to sections 443.701 to 443.893 if the director makes a finding of one or more of the following in the notice that:
(1) Through separate acts or an act or a course of conduct, the licensee has violated any provision of sections 443.701 to 443.893, any rule promulgated by the director or any other law or rule of this state or the United States;
(2) Any fact or condition exists which, if it had existed at the time of the original application for such license would have warranted the director in refusing originally to issue such license;
(3) If a licensee is other than an individual, any ultimate equitable owner, officer, director or member of the licensed partnership, association, corporation or other person has so acted or failed to act as would be cause for suspending or revoking a license to that party as an individual.
2. No license shall be suspended or revoked, except as provided in this section, nor shall any licensee be subject to any other disciplinary proceeding without notice of the licensee's right to a hearing as provided in sections 443.701 to 443.893.
3. The director, on good cause shown that an emergency exists, may suspend any license for a period not to exceed thirty days, pending an investigation.
4. The provisions of section 443.835 shall not affect a licensee's civil or criminal liability for acts committed before such licensee surrenders the license.
5. No revocation, suspension or surrender of any license shall impair or affect the obligation of any preexisting lawful contract between the licensee and any person.
6. Every license issued pursuant to sections 443.701 to 443.893 shall remain in force and effect until the license has expired without renewal, has been surrendered, revoked or suspended in accordance with the provisions of sections 443.701 to 443.893, except that, the director may reinstate a suspended license or issue a new license to a licensee whose license has been revoked if no fact or condition exists which would have warranted the director to refuse originally to issue such license pursuant to sections 443.701 to 443.893.
7. Whenever the director revokes or suspends a license issued pursuant to sections 443.701 to 443.893, the director shall post public notice of such order and shall serve a copy of such order upon the licensee. Such order may be reviewed by the board.
8. When the director finds any person in violation of the grounds provided in subsection 9 of this section, the director may enter an order imposing one or more of the following disciplinary actions:
(1) Revocation of the license;
(2) Suspension of the license subject to reinstatement upon satisfying all reasonable conditions the director may specify;
(3) Placement of the licensee on probation for a period of time and subject to any reasonable conditions as the director may specify;
(4) Issuance of a reprimand; and
(5) Denial of a license.
9. The following acts shall constitute grounds for which the disciplinary actions specified in subsection 8 of this section may be taken:
(1) Being convicted or found guilty, regardless of pendency of an appeal, of a crime in any jurisdiction which involves fraud, dishonest dealings, or any other act involving moral turpitude;
(2) Fraud, misrepresentation, deceit or negligence in any mortgage financing transaction;
(3) A material or intentional misstatement of fact on an initial or renewal application;
(4) Failure to follow the director's rules with respect to placement of funds in escrow accounts;
(5) Insolvency or filing under any provision of the United States Bankruptcy Code as a debtor;
(6) Failure to account or deliver to any person any property upon demand of the person entitled to such accounting and delivery;
(7) Failure to disburse funds in accordance with agreements;
(8) Any misuse, misapplication or misappropriation of trust funds or escrow funds;
(9) Having a license, or the equivalent, to practice any profession or occupation revoked, suspended or otherwise acted against, including the denial of licensure by a licensing authority of this state or another state, territory or country for fraud, dishonest dealings or any other act involving moral turpitude;
(10) Failure to issue a satisfaction of mortgage when the mortgage has been executed and proceeds were not disbursed to the benefit of the mortgagor and when the mortgagor has fully paid the licensee's costs and commission;
(11) Failure to comply with any order of the director or rule made or issued pursuant to the provisions of sections 443.701 to 443.893;
(12) Engaging in activities regulated by sections 443.701 to 443.893 without a current, active license unless specifically exempted by the provisions of sections 443.701 to 443.893;
(13) Failure to pay timely any fee or charge due under the provisions of sections 443.701 to 443.893;
(14) Failure to maintain, preserve and keep available for examination, all books, accounts or other documents required by the provisions of sections 443.701 to 443.893 and the rules of the director;
(15) Refusal to permit an investigation or examination of the licensee's or the licensee's affiliates' books and records or refusal to comply with the director's subpoena or subpoena duces tecum;
(16) A pattern of substantially underestimating closing costs;
(17) Failure to comply with, or any violation of, any provision of sections 443.701 to 443.893.
10. A licensee shall be subject to the disciplinary actions specified in sections 443.701 to 443.893 for a violation of subsection 9 of this section by any officer, director, member, shareholder, joint venture, partner, ultimate equitable owner or employee of the licensee.
11. Such licensee shall be subject to suspension or revocation for employee actions only if there is a pattern of repeated violations by an employee or employees or the licensee has knowledge of the violation.
12. The procedures for the surrender, suspension, or revocation of a license shall be:
(1) The director may, after ten days' notice by certified mail to the licensee at the address set forth on the license, or in the case of a mortgage loan originator, the principal office of the residential mortgage loan broker employing or last employing the originator, stating the contemplated action and, in general, the grounds for such action and the date, time and place of a hearing on the action, and after providing the licensee with a reasonable opportunity to be heard prior to such action, revoke or suspend any license issued pursuant to sections 443.701 to 443.893 if the director finds that:
(a) The licensee has failed to comply with any provision of sections 443.701 to 443.893 or any order, decision, finding, rule or direction of the director lawfully made pursuant to the authority of sections 443.701 to 443.893; or
(b) Any fact or condition exists which, if it had existed at the time of the original application for the license, clearly would have warranted the director to refuse to issue the license;
(2) Any licensee may surrender a license by delivering to the director written notice that the licensee thereby surrenders such license, but surrender shall not affect the licensee's civil or criminal liability for acts committed prior to surrender or entitle the licensee to a return of any part of the license fee.
(L. 1994 S.B. 718 § 28, A.L. 1995 H.B. 63, et al., A.L. 2001 S.B. 538, A.L. 2009 H.B. 382)
Missouri General Assembly