2017 ORS 86A.233¹
Production of records
  • investigations, examinations and subpoenas
  • possession of records
  • access to records
  • powers of director
  • prohibited activities

(1) The Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, as often as the director deems necessary to carry out the purposes of ORS 86A.200 (Definitions) to 86A.239 (Display of license and unique identifier), may:

(a) Request or require a person that employs a mortgage loan originator or that under the provisions of ORS 86A.200 (Definitions) to 86A.239 (Display of license and unique identifier) should employ a mortgage loan originator to produce, for the director’s examination and use, books, accounts, records, files, documents or other information or evidence;

(b) Investigate or examine an applicant or a licensed mortgage loan originator and review the applicant’s or licensed mortgage loan originator’s:

(A) History of criminal, civil and administrative proceedings, enforcement actions, arrests or other information related to the applicant’s or licensed mortgage loan originator’s compliance with state and federal law, rules or regulations; and

(B) Personal history and experience, including information obtained from credit reports from a consumer reporting agency, as defined in 15 U.S.C. 1681a(f) or from a consumer reporting agency that compiles and maintains files on consumers on a nationwide basis, as defined in 15 U.S.C. 1681a(p);

(c) Direct, subpoena, examine, compel the attendance of, administer oaths and affirmations to, and request production of books, accounts, records, files, documents or other information or evidence from witnesses and persons that are subject to regulation under ORS 86A.200 (Definitions) to 86A.239 (Display of license and unique identifier); and

(d) Interview and take and preserve testimony concerning business practices and operations from the applicant’s or licensed mortgage loan originator’s officers, principals, mortgage loan originators, employees, agents and customers or independent contractors associated with the applicant or licensed mortgage loan originator.

(2)(a) The director may, with reference to documents, materials or records described in subsection (1) of this section:

(A) Take possession of, sequester, control or restrict access to the documents, materials or records; or

(B) Designate a person to take exclusive charge of the documents, materials or records in the location in which the documents, materials or records are usually kept.

(b) At a time in which the director has taken an action described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, a person may not, without the director’s permission or a court order, remove or attempt to remove the documents, materials or records from the director’s possession or control or from the location in which the documents, materials or records are kept under the exclusive charge of the person the director designates.

(c) A person who owns or has a right to possess or control the documents, materials or records may have access necessary to conduct the person’s ordinary business, unless the director reasonably believes that the documents, materials or records have been or are at risk of alteration or destruction for the purposes of concealing a violation of ORS 86A.200 (Definitions) to 86A.239 (Display of license and unique identifier).

(3) In carrying out the purposes of this section, the director may:

(a) Retain attorneys, accountants or other professionals or specialists to conduct investigations, audits or examinations or assist in conducting investigations, audits or examinations;

(b) Agree with other government agencies or officials to share resources, information, methods, procedures, documents, records, materials and information obtained in the course of investigations, audits, examinations and related activities;

(c) Purchase, share, use or employ analytical systems, methods or software available from public or private sources;

(d) Accept and rely upon the results of or reports concerning investigations, audits, examinations or proceedings conducted by other government agencies or officials in this state or in other states; and

(e) Accept, use and incorporate in the director’s findings, reports, orders or other actions audit reports from an independent certified public accountant.

(4) The director’s authority under this section applies to a person who is subject to regulation under ORS 86A.200 (Definitions) to 86A.239 (Display of license and unique identifier), whether or not the person is licensed as a mortgage loan originator.

(5) An applicant or licensed mortgage loan originator shall:

(a) Make available to the director at the director’s request books, accounts, records, files and other documents relating to the applicant’s or licensed mortgage loan originator’s business operations and practices; and

(b) Prepare, compile and deliver to the director reports, accounting compilations, lists and data concerning loan transactions and other information the director requires to carry out the purposes of ORS 86A.200 (Definitions) to 86A.239 (Display of license and unique identifier).

(6) A person subject to investigation, audit or examination under this section may not knowingly withhold, abstract, remove, mutilate, destroy or conceal books, accounts, records, computer records, files, documents or other information or evidence that is subject to the director’s authority under this section. [2009 c.863 §11]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 86A—Mortgage Lending, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors086A.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.