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PRESS RELEASE 05-32
December 29, 2005
Contact: Alana Golden, Public Information Officer
(916) 323-7012 or (916) 322-5966
www.dfi.ca.gov

Department of Financial Institutions enters into a Settlement Agreement with International Remittance (USA) Corporation

San Francisco - California Department of Financial Institutions ("DFI") Acting Commissioner Brian Yuen announced today that he has entered into a Settlement Agreement with International Remittance (USA) Corporation ("iRemit"), a licensed money transmitter. iRemit received a license from DFI on April 7, 2004, to engage in business as a money transmitter pursuant to Financial Code Chapter 14 (Section 1800).

DFI and iRemit 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. iRemit has paid $10,000 to the Department, and the Acting Commissioner has agreed to release iRemit from any further liability resulting from alleged violations of California Financial Code Section 1805, related to alleged business operations at an unauthorized location.

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.