Department of Financial Institutions Enters into a Settlement Agreement with Antequera, Inc., a Licensed Money Transmitter

Jan 17, 2006

San Francisco – California Department of Financial Institutions (“DFI”) Acting Commissioner Brian Yuen announced today that he has entered into a Settlement Agreement with Antequera, Incorporated (“Antequera”), a licensed money transmitter. Antequera received a license from DFI on March 21, 2003, to engage in business as a money transmitter pursuant to California Financial Code Chapter 14 (Section 1800).

DFI and Antequera mutually agreed to enter into the Settlement Agreement (“Agreement”) in recognition of their common goals to ensure safety and soundness and compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

The Agreement was based on an investigation by DFI’s Examinations and Legal Divisions. Antequera has paid $5,000 to the Department, and the Acting Commissioner has agreed to release Antequera from any further liability resulting from alleged violations of California Financial Code Section 1807, related to alleged incomplete and untimely reporting.

DFI supervises over 650 financial institutions. The Department is responsible for administering state laws regulating state-licensed financial institutions: banks, credit unions, industrial banks, savings associations, trust companies, offices of foreign banks, issuers of travelers’ checks and payment instruments (money orders), and transmitters of money abroad. The Department reports to Sunne Wright McPeak, Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.