(b) Instead of the bond required under subsection (a) of this section, a licensee, with the prior written permission of the commissioner, may deposit with the commissioner or a federally-insured depository institution in this state designated by the licensee and approved for that purpose by the commissioner, United States currency or cash equivalent instruments or securities acceptable to the commissioner. The amount of currency or the fair market value of the instruments or securities shall be an amount equal to or exceeding the amount required for the bond under subsection (a) of this section. When securities are deposited as aforesaid, the value of the securities shall at all times be equal to the amount of bond otherwise required, computed on the basis of the principal amount or the market value thereof, whichever is lower.
(c) A bond posted by a licensee shall be conditioned upon compliance with the provisions of this article and any rules thereunder for as long as the person holds the license. The deposit or bond, as the case may be, shall be made to the state of West Virginia for the benefit and protection of any claimant against the applicant or licensee with respect to the receipt, handling, transmission, and payment of money by the licensee or authorized delegate in connection with the licensed operations in this state. A claimant damaged by a breach of the conditions of the bond or deposit shall, upon the assent of the commissioner, have a right of action against the bond or deposit for damages suffered thereby and may bring suit directly thereon, or the commissioner may bring suit on behalf of the claimant. The aggregate liability of the surety in no event shall exceed the principal sum of the bond. So long as the person making a deposit under this section is not in violation of any of the provisions of this article, that person is permitted to receive all interest and dividends on the deposit, and shall have the right, with the approval of the commissioner, to substitute other securities. If the deposit is made at a bank, any custodial fees therefor shall be paid by the person making the deposit.
(d) A penalty fee under subdivision (5), subsection (a), section five of this article, expenses under section eleven of this article, or a civil penalty under section nineteen of this article may be paid out of and collected from the proceeds of a bond or deposit under this section.
(e) After receiving a license, the licensee shall maintain the required bond or securities until five years after it ceases to do business in this state unless all outstanding checks/payment instruments are cleared or covered by the provisions of article eight, chapter thirty-six of this code pertaining to the distribution of unclaimed property which have become operative and are adhered to by the licensee. Notwithstanding this provision, however, the commissioner may permit the security to be reduced following cessation of business in the state to the extent the amount of the licensee's checks/payment instruments outstanding in this state are reduced.
(f) If the commissioner at any time reasonably determines that the required bond or deposit is insecure, deficient in amount, or exhausted, in whole or in part, he or she may in writing require the filing of a new or supplemental bond or other security in order to secure compliance with this article and may demand compliance with the requirement within thirty days following service on the licensee. The total amount of the bonds or security required of the licensee may not, however, exceed the one million dollars set forth in subsection (a) of this section.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session