BANKS AND BANKING
IDAHO RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE PRACTICES ACT
PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATORS
26-31-316. INVESTIGATION AND EXAMINATION AUTHORITY. In addition to any authority allowed under this chapter, the director shall have the authority to conduct investigations and examinations as follows:
(1) For purposes of initial licensing, license renewal, license suspension, license conditioning, license revocation or termination, or inquiry or investigation to determine compliance with this part, the director shall have the authority to access, receive and use any books, accounts, records, files, documents, information or evidence including, but not limited to:
(a) Criminal, civil and administrative history information including nonconviction data; and
(b) Personal history and experience information including independent credit reports obtained from a consumer reporting agency described in section 603(p) of the federal fair credit reporting act; and
(c) Any other documents, information or evidence the director deems relevant to the inquiry or investigation, regardless of the location, possession, control or custody of such documents, information or evidence.
(2) For the purposes of investigating violations or complaints arising under this part, or for the purposes of examination, the director may review, investigate or examine any licensee, individual or person subject to this part, as often as necessary in order to carry out the purposes of this part. The director may subpoena or order the attendance of and examine under oath all persons whose testimony may be required about the loans or the business or subject matter of any such examination or investigation, and may subpoena or order such person to produce books, accounts, records, files and any other documents the director deems relevant to the inquiry.
(3) Each licensee, individual or other person subject to this part shall make available to the director upon request the books and records relating to the operations of such licensee, individual or other person subject to this part. The director may interview the licensee’s employer, its employees and agents, its independent contractors, its officers and principals, other mortgage loan originators, agents and customers of the licensee, individual or other person subject to this part. For the purposes of this section, the director shall have free access to the books and records of such persons.
(4) Each licensee, individual or other person subject to this part shall make or compile reports or prepare other information as directed by the director in order to carry out the purposes of this part including, but not limited to:
(a) Accounting compilations;
(b) Information lists and data concerning loan transactions in a format prescribed by the director; and
(c) Such other information deemed necessary to carry out the purposes of this part.
(5) In making any examination or investigation authorized by this part, the director may control access to any documents and records of the licensee or other person under examination or investigation. The director may take possession of the documents and records or place a person in exclusive charge of the documents and records in the place where they are usually kept. During the period of control, no individual or person shall remove or attempt to remove any of the documents and records except pursuant to a court order or with the consent of the director. Unless the director has reasonable grounds to believe the documents or records of the licensee or other person have been, or are at risk of being altered or destroyed for the purpose of concealing a violation of this chapter, the licensee or owner of the documents and records shall have access to the documents and records as necessary to conduct its ordinary business affairs.
(6) In order to carry out the purposes of this section, the director may:
(a) Retain attorneys, accountants or other professionals and specialists as examiners, auditors or investigators to conduct or assist in the conduct of examinations or investigations;
(b) Enter into agreements or relationships with other government officials or regulatory associations in order to improve efficiencies and reduce regulatory burden by sharing resources, standardized or uniform methods or procedures, and documents, records, information or evidence obtained under this section;
(c) Use, hire, contract or employ public or privately available analytical systems, methods or software to examine or investigate the licensee, individual or other person subject to this part;
(d) Accept and rely on examination or investigation reports made by other government officials, including those inside and outside the state of Idaho; and
(e) Accept and rely upon audit reports made by an independent certified public accountant for the licensee, individual or other person subject to this part. The director may incorporate the audit report in the examination report, investigation report or other writing of the director.
(7) The authority of this section shall remain in effect, whether such a licensee, individual or other person subject to this part acts or claims to act under any licensing or registration law of this state, or claims to act without such authority.
(8) No licensee, individual or other person subject to investigation or examination under this section may knowingly withhold, abstract, remove, mutilate, destroy or secrete any books, records, computer records or other information requested by the director.
[26-31-316, added 2009, ch. 97, sec. 2, p. 305.]