Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - July 12, 2013

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In This Issue:

- FEDERAL ISSUES

- STATE ISSUES

- COURTS

- FIRM NEWS

- FIRM PUBLICATIONS

- MORTGAGES

- BANKING

- CONSUMER FINANCE

- SECURITIES

- PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY

- CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT

- Excerpt from Criminal Enforcement:

Dealer Pleads Guilty to Criminal Violations of the SCRA. On June 27, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama announced that a used car dealer pleaded guilty to charges that he violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). United States v. Nuss, No. 13-102 (N.D. Ala. Plea entered Jun. 27, 2013). In March, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging the car dealer with failing to follow the SCRA when asked to do so by an Alabama National Guard member who had been called to active duty in Afghanistan. The guardsman allegedly had sent a letter from his deployed location, in which he asked that his interest rate be reduced to 6% as required by the SCRA. According to the indictment, the dealer refused to reduce the interest rate, and hired two individuals to repossess the guardsman's vehicle without first obtaining a SCRA-required court order. Notably, the dealer entered his plea without a plea agreement with the government. He is scheduled for sentencing on September 12, 2013. The maximum penalty for each SCRA violation is one year in prison, and a $100,000 fine...

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