2020 Florida Statutes
494.0025 Prohibited practices.—It is unlawful for any person:
(1) To act as a loan originator in this state without a current, active license issued by the office pursuant to part II of this chapter.
(2) To act as a mortgage broker in this state without a current, active license issued by the office pursuant to part II of this chapter.
(3) To act as a mortgage lender in this state without a current, active license issued by the office pursuant to part III of this chapter.
(4) In any practice or transaction or course of business relating to the sale, purchase, negotiation, promotion, advertisement, or hypothecation of mortgage loan transactions, directly or indirectly:
(a) To knowingly or willingly employ any device, scheme, or artifice to defraud;
(b) To engage in any transaction, practice, or course of business which operates as a fraud upon any person in connection with the purchase or sale of any mortgage loan;
(c) To obtain property by fraud, willful misrepresentation of a future act, or false promise; or
(d) To misrepresent a residential mortgage loan, as described in s. 494.001(25)(a), as a business purpose loan.
(5) In any matter within the jurisdiction of the office, to knowingly and willfully falsify, conceal, or cover up by a trick, scheme, or device a material fact, make any false or fraudulent statement or representation, or make or use any false writing or document, knowing the same to contain any false or fraudulent statement or entry.
(6) To violate s. 655.922(2), subject to this chapter.
(7) To pay a fee or commission in any mortgage loan transaction to any person or entity other than a licensed mortgage broker or mortgage lender, or a person exempt from licensure under this chapter.
(8) To record a mortgage broker agreement or any other document, not rendered by a court of competent jurisdiction, which purports to enforce the terms of the agreement.
(9) To use the name or logo of a financial institution, as defined in s. 655.005(1), or its affiliates or subsidiaries when marketing or soliciting existing or prospective customers if such marketing materials are used without the written consent of the financial institution and in a manner that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the material or solicitation originated from, was endorsed by, or is related to or the responsibility of the financial institution or its affiliates or subsidiaries.
(10) Subject to investigation or examination under this chapter, to knowingly alter, withhold, conceal, or destroy any books, records, computer records, or other information relating to a person’s activities which subject the person to the jurisdiction of this chapter.
History.—ss. 16, 50, ch. 91-245; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 4, ch. 95-313; s. 7, ch. 99-213; s. 523, ch. 2003-261; s. 1, ch. 2004-340; s. 84, ch. 2004-390; s. 14, ch. 2009-241; s. 3, ch. 2018-61.