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CFPB charges Stonebridge Title Services for RESPA violation

CFPB charges Stonebridge Title Services for RESPA violation

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered New Jersey-based Stonebridge Title Services to pay $30,000 for paying illegal kickbacks for referrals.

The CFPB charged that the company paid commissions to more than 20 independent salespeople who referred title insurance business to Stonebridge.  

Stonebridge solicited people to provide it with referrals of title insurance business, offering to pay commissions of up to 40% of the title insurance premiums Stonebridge itself received.

In doing so, the company violated Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and is required to pay a civil penalty.

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