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    Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) "Dishonesty" means directly or indirectly to cheat or defraud;
to cheat or defraud for monetary gain or its equivalent; or to wrongfully take property belonging
to another in violation of any criminal statute. Dishonesty includes acts involving want of
integrity, lack of probity, or a disposition to distort, cheat, or act deceitfully or fraudulently, and
may include crimes which federal, state, or local laws define as dishonest.
(b) "Breach of trust" means a wrongful act, use, misappropriation, or omission with
respect to any property or fund which has been committed to a person in a fiduciary or official
capacity, or the misuse of one's official or fiduciary position to engage in a wrongful act, use,
misappropriation, or omission.
    Subd. 2. Generally. Except with the prior written consent of the commissioner under
subdivision 4, any individual, who has been convicted of a criminal offense involving dishonesty
or a breach of trust or money laundering, or has agreed to or entered into a pretrial diversion or
similar program in connection with a prosecution for such offense, may not serve as a residential
mortgage originator or be employed in that capacity by a person licensed as a mortgage originator.
    Subd. 3. De minimis offenses. Approval is automatically granted and an application will
not be required if the covered offense is considered de minimis because it meets all of the
following criteria:
(1) there is only one conviction or program entry of record for a covered offense;
(2) the offense was punishable by imprisonment for a term of less than one year and/or a fine
of less than $1,000, and the individual did not serve time in jail;
(3) the conviction or program was entered at least five years before the date an application
would otherwise be required; and
(4) the offense did not involve a financial institution or residential mortgage loans.
    Subd. 4. Prior consent. (a) An application for prior consent of the commissioner under
this section must be in writing, under oath, and on a form obtained from and prescribed by the
commissioner. The following factors must be considered by the commissioner when reviewing
an application:
(1) the specific nature of the offense and the circumstances surrounding the offense;
(2) evidence of rehabilitation since the offense;
(3) the age of the person at the time of conviction; and
(4) whether or not restitution has been made.
(b) The receipt by an individual of prior consent of the commissioner under this section must
not be construed as imposing upon an employer an affirmative obligation to employ that individual
in any capacity. Nothing in this section precludes an employer from denying employment based
upon the existence of a criminal offense specified in subdivision 2 or for any other lawful reason.
History: 2005 c 118 s 8

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