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IN THE MATTER OF: * BEFORE THE * MARYLAND INSURANCE * MARYLAND ADMINISTRATION * * INSURANCE v. * * ANTHONY V. WEIS * ADMINISTRATION 13708 SUMMER HILL DRIVE * CASE NO. MIA-2007-09-004 PHOENIX, MARYLAND 21131 * RPI 162254 * * Enf. File No.: PC-9-2007 ************************************************ CONSENT ORDER The Insurance Commissioner for the State of Maryland (“the Commissioner”) and Anthony V. Weis (“Weis”) pursuant to §1-101 et seq. of the Insurance Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland (“Insurance Article”), hereby represent and acknowledge that they agree to enter into this Consent Order as follows: EXPLANATORY STATEMENT 1. During the course of investigating a consumer complaint involving Maple Leaf Title, LLC (“Maple Leaf”), it was discovered that since January 1, 2001 Weis has been appointed as the President of Maple Leaf. 2. Weis’ title producer’s license expired on September 27, 2003. 3. Weis realized he was no longer licensed with the Administration and submitted an application for his title license on February 22, 2007. Weis passed the Title Producer’s License exam on February 21, 2007 and his license was issued on February 26, 2007. 4. Weis was not aware that he, as an officer of a limited liability company, was required to hold a license to act as a title insurance producer, per § 10-121(3) of the Insurance Article. Weis did not conduct any closings or act as a title producer during the time he was unlicensed. 5. Weis admits to the violations described herein, expressed remorse for his actions, and has fully cooperated with the investigation by the Administration. The Administration believes issuing this Consent Order is in the public interest. 6. Based upon the results of its investigation, the Administration concluded that Weis violated §§10-121(b)(3) of the Insurance Article, and is therefore subject to disciplinary action in accordance with § 10-126(a)(1) of the Insurance Article. 7. Weis has reviewed this Order, and has had the opportunity to have it reviewed by the counsel of his choosing. 8. Weis is aware of the benefits gained and obligations incurred by the execution of this Order, and, after careful consideration, Weis executes this Order knowingly and voluntarily. ORDER THEREFORE, pursuant to § 2-204 to the Insurance Article, it is ORDERED by the Commissioner and CONSENTED TO by Anthony V. Weis as follows: (1) Anthony V. Weis, License No. 162254, shall pay an administrative penalty simultaneously with his signing of the Consent Order in the amount of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00). (2) Nothing herein shall be deemed a waiver of the Commissioner’s right to proceed in an administrative or civil action for the violation of statutes not specifically included 2 in this Consent Order, nor shall anything here be deemed a waiver of the right of Weis to contest such proceeding. Additionally, Weis understands and agrees that this Consent Order addresses and resolves only the administrative actions by the Compliance and Enforcement Section of the Administration. This Consent Order shall not be construed to resolve or preclude any potential or pending civil, administrative, or criminal action or prosecution by any other person, entity or governmental authority, including but not limited to the Insurance Fraud Division of the Administration, regarding any conduct by Weis including the conduct that is the subject of this Consent Order. (3) For the purposes of the business of this Administration, the records and publications of the Maryland Insurance Administration will reflect this decision. It is subject to disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act found in Md. Code Ann., State Government §10-613. (4) All administrative penalties should be made payable to the Maryland Insurance Administration and sent to the attention of Megan Hayes, Appeals Clerk, Maryland Insurance Administration, 525 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21202-2272. Please include the MIA Order number. Unpaid fines will be referred to the Central Collections Unit for collection. (5) Failure to comply with the terms of this Consent Order may subject Weis to further legal and/or administration action. (6) This document contains the ENTIRE AGREEMENT between the parties and supersedes any earlier agreement or negotiations, whether oral or written. 3 It is so ORDERED this 23rd day of July, 2007. PEGGY J. WATSON INTERIM INSURANCE COMMISSIONER Signature on file with original By: P. Todd Cioni Associate Commissioner Compliance & Enforcement ANTHONY V. WEIS’S CONSENT Anthony V. Weis hereby CONSENTS to the representations made in, and terms of, the above Order. Signature on file with original __________________________________ Anthony V. Weis 7/23/07 ___________________________________ Date 4
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