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Commercial Recovery Corporation Debt Collector

Commercial Recovery Corporation Debt Collector

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11-1005-22342-2 STATE OF MINNESOTA OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS FOR THE COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE In the Matter of Commercial Recovery Corporation
FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATION
The above-entitled matter came on for a prehearing conference before Administrative Law Judge Barbara L. Neilson on December 1, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at the Office of Administrative Hearings in St. Paul, Minnesota. Michael J. Tostengard, Assistant Attorney General, appeared on behalf of the Department of Commerce (the Department). There was no appearance by or on behalf of Respondent Commercial Recovery Corporation (CRC). The Department filed a written motion for a default recommendation on December 12, 2011. The OAH record remained open until December 28, 2011, for receipt of a response from the Respondent in opposition to the Department’s motion. No response has been received as of the date of this Report.
STATEMENT OF ISSUE
The issue presented in this case is whether CRC refused or intentionally failed to account to its clients for all money collected from debtors with 30 days from the last day of the month in which the money was collected, in violation of Minn. Stat. § 332.37(8); commingled money collected for a client with CRC’s operating funds or used such money in the conduct of CRC’s business, in violation of Minn. Stat. § 332.37(10); provided false information to the Commissioner, in violation of Minn. Stat. § 45.027, subd. 7(3); or demonstrated financial irresponsibility, in violation of Minn. Stat. § 45.027, subd. 7(4); and, if so, whether CRC’s debt collector license should be disciplined or sanctions including civil penalties should be imposed.
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 Based upon all of the proceedings herein, the Administrative Law Judge makes the following:
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 All references to Minnesota Statutes are to the 2011 edition.
 
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FINDINGS OF FACT
1. On October 6, 2011, the Department served the Notice of and Order for Hearing, Order for Prehearing Conference, Order to Show Cause, and Statement of Charges (“Notice of Hearing”) initiating this contested case proceeding on CRC via first class mail at its last known address in Blaine, Minnesota.
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 2. The Notice of Hearing set a prehearing conference for December 1, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at the Office of Administrative Hearings, 600 North Robert Street, St. Paul, Minnesota.
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 3. The Notice of Hearing included the following notice: Respondent’s failure to appear at the prehearing conference or hearing may result in a finding that Respondent is in default, that the Department’s allegations contained in the Statement of Charges may be accepted as true, and that its proposed disciplinary action may be upheld.
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 4. CRC did not file any Notice of Appearance or make any request prior to the December 1, 2011, prehearing conference for a continuance or any other relief. No one appeared at the prehearing conference on behalf of CRC.
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CRC has not contacted the Administrative Law Judge at any time prior to the issuance of this Report. 5. Because CRC failed to appear at the prehearing conference in this matter, it is in default. 6. Pursuant to Minn. Rules part 1400.6000, the allegations contained in the Notice of Hearing are hereby taken as true and incorporated into these Findings of Fact. Based upon the Findings of Fact, the Administrative Law Judge makes the following:
CONCLUSIONS
1. The Administrative Law Judge and the Commissioner of Commerce have  jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 14.50, 45.027, 332.40, and 332.41. 2. CRC was given timely and proper notice of the Prehearing Conference in this matter.
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 Affidavit of Service by U.S. Mail of Jean-Anne Gates attached to Notice of Hearing.
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 Notice of Hearing, p. 1.
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 Christian M. Sande, Attorney at Law, appeared at the prehearing conference on behalf of Robert J. Nielsen personally, and Barbara A. Nimis, Attorney at Law, appeared on behalf of Joan Nielsen personally.
 
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3. The Notice of Hearing issued by the Department was proper and the Department has fulfilled all relevant procedural requirements of law and rule. 4. Pursuant to Minn. Rules 1400.6000, a default occurs when a party “fails to appear without the prior consent of the judge at a prehearing conference, settlement conference, or a hearing or fails to comply with any interlocutory orders of the judge.” 5. CRC, having made no appearance at the prehearing conference, and not requesting any continuance or relief, is in default. Pursuant to Minn. Rules part 1400.6000, the allegations contained in the Notice of Hearing are hereby taken as true. 6. CRC refused or intentionally failed to account to its clients for all money collected from debtors with 30 days from the last day of the month in which the money was collected, in violation of Minn. Stat. § 332.37(8); commingled money collected for a client with CRC’s operating funds and used such money in the conduct of CRC’s business, in violation of Minn. Stat. § 332.37(10); provided false information to the Commissioner, in violation of Minn. Stat. § 45.027, subd. 7(3); and demonstrated financial irresponsibility, in violation of Minn. Stat. § 45.027, subd. 7(4). As a result, CRC’s debt collector license should be disciplined and sanctions should be imposed. 7. This Order is in the public interest. Based upon the Conclusions, the Administrative Law Judge makes the following:
RECOMMENDATION
IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that appropriate discipline and sanctions be imposed against the debt collector license of Commercial Recovery Corporation. Dated: January 26, 2012. s/Barbara L. Neilson BARBARA L. NEILSON Administrative Law Judge Reported: Default (no transcript or recording).

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