DOB: Thornton Consent

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IN THE MATTER OF:

Brian M. Thornton

    (CRD No. 2570743)

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CONSENT ORDER

 CO-07-7401-S

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

WHEREAS, the Banking Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Chapter 672a of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act (“Act”), and Sections 36b-31-2 et seq. of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies promulgated under the Act (the “Regulations”);

WHEREAS, Brian M. Thornton (“Thornton”) was associated with Great Eastern Securities, Inc. (CRD No. 2061) from approximately February 22, 2006 to January 16, 2007, but was registered under the Act as an agent of the firm from June 15, 2006 to January 16, 2007;

WHEREAS, the Commissioner, through the Securities and Business Investments Division (the “Division”) of the Department of Banking, has conducted an investigation (the “Investigation”) pursuant to Section 36b-26(a) of the Act into the activities of Thornton to determine whether Thornton had violated, was violating or was about to violate any provision of the Act or the Regulations;

WHEREAS, Section 36b-31(a) of the Act, provides, in relevant part, that “[t]he commissioner may from time to time make … such … orders as are necessary to carry out the provisions of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive”;

WHEREAS, Section 4-177(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes provides, in relevant part, that “[u]nless precluded by law, a contested case may be resolved by . . . consent order”;

WHEREAS, the Commissioner finds that the entry of this Consent Order is necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors and consistent with the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act;

WHEREAS, without holding a hearing and without trial or adjudication of any issue of fact or law, and prior to the initiation of any formal proceeding, the Commissioner and Thornton reached an agreement, the terms of which are reflected in this Consent Order, in full and final resolution of the matters described herein;

WHEREAS, Thornton represented to the Division that, shortly after joining Great Eastern Securities, Inc., he requested to be registered in Connecticut and was informed by the firm’s compliance department that he was registered in Connecticut;

WHEREAS, Thornton, without admitting or denying any of the Commissioner’s allegations or findings, expressly consents to the Commissioner’s jurisdiction under the Act and to the terms of this Consent Order;

WHEREAS, Thornton, through his execution of this Consent Order, represents and agrees that none of the violations alleged in this Consent Order shall occur in the future;

ALLEGATIONS

WHEREAS, as a result of the Investigation, the Division obtained evidence that from April 27, 2006 through May 3, 2006, Thornton violated Section 36b-6(a) of the Act by transacting business as an agent of Great Eastern Securities, Inc. while Thornton was not registered as an agent of Great Eastern Securities, Inc. under the Act;

FINDINGS OF THE COMMISSIONER AS TO EVIDENTIARY SUFFICIENCY TO INITIATE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS

WHEREAS, the Commissioner finds that sufficient grounds would exist to initiate administrative proceedings under Sections 36b-27(a) and 36b-27(d) of the Act against Thornton based on the following, all of which are more fully described above, and which Thornton neither admits nor denies:

From April 27, 2006 through May 3, 2006, Thornton violated Section 36b-6(a) of the Act by transacting business as an agent of Great Eastern Securities, Inc. while Thornton was not registered as an agent of Great Eastern Securities, Inc. under the Act;

CONSENT TO WAIVER OF PROCEDURAL RIGHTS

WHEREAS, Thornton, through his execution of this Consent Order, voluntarily waives the following rights:

1. To be afforded written notice and an opportunity for a hearing within the meaning of Section 36b-27 of the Act and Sections 4-177(a) and 4-177(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
2. To present evidence and argument and to otherwise avail himself of Section 36b-27 of the Act and Section 4 177c(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
3. To present his position in a hearing in which he is represented by counsel;
4. To have a written record of the hearing made and a written decision issued by a hearing officer; and
5. To seek judicial review of, or otherwise challenge or contest the matters described herein, including the validity of this Consent Order.


CONSENT TO ENTRY OF SANCTIONS

WHEREAS, Thornton, through his execution of this Consent Order, consents to the Commissioner’s entry of a Consent Order imposing on him the following sanctions:

1. Thornton shall cease and desist from engaging in conduct constituting or which would constitute a violation of the Act or any regulation or order under the Act;
2. No later than the date this Consent Order is entered by the Commissioner, Thornton shall remit to the department, by certified check made payable to "Treasurer; State of Connecticut," the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) which shall constitute an administrative fine;

CONSENT ORDER

NOW THEREFORE, the Commissioner enters the following:

1. The Sanctions set forth above be and are hereby entered;
2. If Thornton fails to comply with any terms of this Consent Order or if any representation made by Thornton and set forth herein is subsequently determined to be untrue, the Commissioner may initiate administrative or judicial proceedings against Thornton to enforce this Consent Order or to sanction Thornton for violating an order of the Commissioner, or may take any other action authorized under the Act or any other applicable law, including the issuance of fines or penalties as provided by the Act;
3. This Consent Order shall not preclude additional proceedings by the Commissioner against Thornton for acts or omissions not specifically addressed in this Consent Order or for acts and/or omissions that do not arise from the facts or transactions addressed herein; and
4. This Consent Order shall become final when issued.



________/s/_________
Howard F. Pitkin
Banking Commissioner


So ordered at Hartford, Connecticut
this 17th day of October 2007.

CONSENT TO ENTRY OF ORDER

I, Brian M. Thornton, state that I have read the foregoing Consent Order; that I know and fully understand its contents; that I agree freely and without threat or coercion of any kind to comply with the terms and conditions stated herein; and that I voluntarily consent to the entry of this Consent Order, expressly waiving any right to a hearing on the matters described herein.

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Brian M. Thornton

On this the 9 day of October 2007, before me, Eileen Schnauder, the undersigned officer, personally appeared Brian M. Thornton, known to me (or satisfactorily proven) to be the person whose name is subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged that he executed the same for the purposes therein contained.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.


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Notary Public
Date Commission Expires:  8/31/2009



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