(1) Each of the following acts constitutes a ground for which the disciplinary actions specified in subsection (2) may be taken against a person licensed or required to be licensed under part II or part III of this chapter:
(a) Failure to immediately place upon receipt, and maintain until authorized to disburse, any money entrusted to the licensee as a licensee in a segregated account of a federally insured financial institution in this state.
(b) Failure to account or deliver to any person any property that is not the licensee’s, or that the licensee is not entitled to retain, under the circumstances and at the time that has been agreed upon or as required by law or, in the absence of a fixed time, upon demand of the person entitled to such accounting and delivery.
(c) Failure to disburse funds in accordance with agreements.
(d) Any misuse, misapplication, or misappropriation of personal property entrusted to the licensee’s care to which the licensee had no current property right at the time of entrustment.
(e) Fraud, misrepresentation, deceit, negligence, or incompetence in any mortgage financing transaction.
(f) Requesting a specific valuation, orally or in writing, from an appraiser for a particular property, implying to an appraiser that a specific valuation is needed for a particular property, or in any manner conditioning the order for an appraisal on the appraisal meeting a specific valuation. The numeric value of the specific valuation sought need not be stated, but rather the mere statement that a specific valuation is sought violates this section.
(g) Consistently and materially underestimating maximum closing costs.
(h) Disbursement, or an act which has caused or will cause disbursement, to any person in any amount from the Mortgage Guaranty Trust Fund, the Securities Guaranty Fund, or the Florida Real Estate Recovery Fund, regardless of any repayment or restitution to the disbursed fund by the licensee or any person acting on behalf of the licensee.
(i) Commission of fraud, misrepresentation, concealment, or dishonest dealing by trick, scheme, or device; culpable negligence; breach of trust in any business transaction in any state, nation, or territory; or aiding, assisting, or conspiring with any other person engaged in any such misconduct and in furtherance thereof.
(j) Being convicted of, or entering a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, any felony or any crime involving fraud, dishonesty, breach of trust, money laundering, or act of moral turpitude.
(k) Having a final judgment entered against the licensee in a civil action upon grounds of fraud, embezzlement, misrepresentation, or deceit.
(l) Having been the subject of any:
1. Decision, finding, injunction, suspension, prohibition, revocation, denial, judgment, or administrative order by any court, administrative law judge, state or federal agency, national securities exchange, national commodities exchange, national option exchange, national securities association, national commodities association, or national option association involving a violation of any federal or state securities or commodities law or rule or regulation adopted under such law or involving a violation of any rule or regulation of any national securities, commodities, or options exchange or association.
2. Injunction or adverse administrative order by a state or federal agency regulating banking, insurance, finance or small loan companies, real estate, mortgage brokers or lenders, money transmitters, or other related or similar industries.
(m) In any mortgage transaction, violating any provision of the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, as amended, 12 U.S.C. ss. 2601 et seq.; the federal Truth in Lending Act, as amended, 15 U.S.C. ss. 1601 et seq.; or any regulations adopted under such acts.
(n) Having a loan originator, mortgage broker, or mortgage lender license, or the equivalent of such license, revoked in any jurisdiction.
(o) Having a license, or the equivalent of such license, to practice any profession or occupation revoked, suspended, or otherwise acted against, including the denial of licensure by a licensing authority of this state or another state, territory, or country.
(p) Acting as a loan originator, mortgage broker, or mortgage lender without a current license issued under part II or part III of this chapter.
(q) Operating a mortgage broker or mortgage lender branch office without a current license issued under part II or part III of this chapter.
(r) Conducting any mortgage brokering or mortgage lending activities in the absence of a properly designated principal loan originator or mortgage brokering or mortgage lending activities at any particular branch office without a properly designated branch manager.
(s) A material misstatement or omission of fact on an initial or renewal license application.
(t) Payment to the office for a license or permit with a check or electronic transmission of funds which is dishonored by the applicant’s or licensee’s financial institution.
(u) Failure to comply with, or violations of, any provision of this chapter, or any rule or order made or issued under this chapter.
(v) Failure to maintain, preserve, and keep available for examination all books, accounts, or other documents required by this chapter and the rules of the commission.
(w) Refusal to permit an investigation or examination of books and records, or refusal to comply with an office subpoena or subpoena duces tecum.
(x) Failure to timely pay any fee, charge, or fine imposed or assessed pursuant to this chapter or related rules.
(y) Pursuant to an investigation by the Mortgage Testing and Education Board acting on behalf of the registry, being found in violation of Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry Rules of Conduct.