DOB: Konior, Jason J - CD - NOIF

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IN THE MATTER OF:

JASON JOHN KONIOR
CRD NO.  2818111

    ("Respondent")

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ORDER TO CEASE AND DESIST

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FINE

AND

NOTICE OF RIGHT TO HEARING

DOCKET NO. CF-2007-7406-S


I. PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

1. The Banking Commissioner (“Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Chapter 672a of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act (“Act”), and the regulations promulgated thereunder (Sections 36b-31-2 to 36b-31-33, inclusive, of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies) (“Regulations”).
2.
Pursuant to Section 36b-26(a) of the Act, the Commissioner, through the Securities and Business Investments Division (“Division”) of the Department of Banking, has conducted an investigation into the activities of Respondent to determine if he has violated, is violating or is about to violate provisions of the Act or Regulations.  Section 36b-26(a) of the Act provides, in pertinent part, that:
The commissioner may, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act . . . (1) [m]ake such public or private investigations within or outside of this state as the commissioner deems necessary to determine whether any person has violated, is violating or is about to violate any provision of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive, or any regulation or order thereunder . . . .
3. As a result of the investigation by the Division, the Commissioner has reason to believe that Respondent has violated certain provisions of the Act.
4.
As a result of the investigation by the Division, the Commissioner has the authority to issue a cease and desist order against Respondent pursuant to Section 36b-27(a) of the Act, as amended by Public Act 07-91, which provides, in pertinent part, that:
Whenever it appears to the commissioner after an investigation that any person has violated, is violating or is about to violate any of the provisions of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive, . . . or that the further sale or offer to sell securities would constitute a violation of said sections . . . the commissioner may, in the commissioner’s discretion, order (1) the person . . . to cease and desist from the violations . . . of the provisions of said sections . . . or from the further sale or offer to sell securities constituting or which would constitute a violation of the provisions of said sections . . . .  After such an order is issued, the person named in the order may, within fourteen days after receipt of the order, file a written request for a hearing.  Any such hearing shall be held in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.
5.
As a result of the investigation by the Division, the Commissioner has the authority to impose a fine on Respondent pursuant to Section 36b-27(d) of the Act, which provides, in pertinent part, that:
(1)  Whenever the commissioner finds as the result of an investigation that any person has violated any of the provisions of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive, . . . the commissioner may send a notice to (A) such person . . . by registered mail, return receipt requested . . . .  Any such notice shall include:  (i) A reference to the title, chapter, regulation, rule or order alleged to have been violated; (ii) a short and plain statement of the matter asserted or charged; (iii) the maximum fine that may be imposed for such violation; and (iv) the time and place for the hearing.  Any such hearing shall be fixed for a date not earlier than fourteen days after the notice is mailed.
 
(2)  The commissioner shall hold a hearing upon the charges made unless such person fails to appear at the hearing.  Any such hearing shall be held in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.  After the hearing if the commissioner finds that the person has violated . . . any of the provisions of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive, . . . the commissioner may, in the commissioner’s discretion and in addition to any other remedy authorized by said sections, order that a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars per violation be imposed upon such person.  If such person fails to appear at the hearing, the commissioner may, as the facts require, order that a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars per violation be imposed upon such person.  The commissioner shall send a copy of any order issued pursuant to this subsection by registered mail, return receipt requested, . . . to any person named in such order.

II.  RESPONDENT
 
6. Respondent is an individual whose address last known to the Commissioner is 145 Spring Street, Second Floor, New York, New York 10012.
 

III.  STATEMENT OF FACTS
 
7. On September 30, 2005, Respondent, while associated with Great Eastern Securities, Inc. (“Great Eastern”), a broker-dealer registered with the state of Connecticut during all relevant times, effected the purchase of 1,000 shares of stock in American Oil & Gas, Inc., for one Connecticut investor.
8. At all times relevant hereto, Respondent was not registered in Connecticut as an agent of Great Eastern.
 
 
IV.  STATUTORY BASIS FOR ORDER TO CEASE AND DESIST AND
ORDER IMPOSING FINE AGAINST RESPONDENT

Violation of Section 36b-6(a) of the Act – Unregistered Agent Activity

9. Paragraphs 1 through 8, inclusive, are incorporated and made a part hereof as if more fully set forth herein. 
10. Respondent transacted business in Connecticut as an agent of a broker-dealer, as more fully described in paragraph 7, absent registration, as more fully described in paragraph 8.  Such conduct constitutes a violation of Section 36b-6(a) of the Act, which forms a basis for an order to cease and desist to be issued against Respondent under Section 36b-27(a) of the Act, as amended, and for the imposition of a fine against Respondent under Section 36b-27(d) of the Act.  Section 36b-27(d) of the Act authorizes the Commissioner to impose a fine upon Respondent in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) per violation.  The Commissioner intends to impose a fine upon Respondent in an amount not to exceed Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000), subject to Respondent’s right to a hearing on the allegations set forth above.
 

V.  ORDER TO CEASE AND DESIST AND NOTICE OF RIGHT TO HEARING
 
AS A RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION BY THE DIVISION, THE COMMISSIONER FINDS that, with respect to the activity described herein, Jason John Konior, has violated Section 36b-6(a) of the Act;

THE COMMISSIONER FURTHER FINDS that the issuance of this Order is necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors and consistent with the purposes fairly intended by the policies and provisions of the Act.
 
THE COMMISSIONER THEREFORE ORDERS that Jason John Konior, CEASE AND DESIST from directly or indirectly violating the provisions of the Act, including without limitation, transacting business in Connecticut as an agent of a broker-dealer absent registration;
 
THE COMMISSIONER FURTHER ORDERS that, pursuant to Section 36b-27(a) of the Act, as amended, Jason John Konior will be afforded an opportunity for a hearing on the allegations set forth above.
 
A hearing will be granted to Jason John Konior if a written request for a hearing is received by the Department of Banking, Legal Division, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut 06103-1800, within fourteen (14) days following Respondent’s receipt of this Order.  The enclosed Appearance and Request for Hearing Form must be completed and mailed to the above address.  If Jason John Konior will not be represented by an attorney at the hearing, please complete the Appearance and Request for Hearing Form as “pro se”.  Once a written request for a hearing is received, the Commissioner may issue a notification of hearing and designation of hearing officer that acknowledges receipt of a request for a hearing, designates a presiding officer and sets the date of the hearing in accordance with Section 4-177 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 36a-1-21 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.  If a hearing is requested, the hearing will be held on January 29, 2008, at 9 a.m., at the Department of Banking, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut.
 
The hearing will be held in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 54 of the Connecticut General Statutes.  At such hearing, Jason John Konior will have the right to appear and present evidence, rebuttal evidence and argument on all issues of fact and law to be considered by the Commissioner.
 
This Order shall remain in effect and become permanent against Jason John Konior if he does not request a hearing within the prescribed time period.
 

VI.  NOTICE OF INTENT TO FINE RESPONDENT AND NOTICE OF HEARING
 
WHEREAS, the Commissioner finds as a result of an investigation by the Division that Respondent committed at least one violation of Section 36b-6(a) of the Act;
 
WHEREAS, the Commissioner believes that the imposition of a fine upon Respondent would be in the public interest and consistent with the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act;
 
AND WHEREAS, notice is hereby given to Respondent that the Commissioner intends to impose a fine not to exceed Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) against Respondent.
 
NOW THEREFORE, a hearing will be held in accordance with Section 36b-27(d)(2) of the Act and Chapter 54 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
 
The hearing will be held on January 29, 2008, at 9 a.m., at the Department of Banking, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut.
 
At the hearing, Respondent will have the right to appear and present evidence, rebuttal evidence and argument on all issues of fact and law relating to the allegations stated herein.  If Respondent fails to appear at such hearing, the Commissioner may order that a fine not to exceed Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) be imposed upon Respondent.
 
 
Dated at Hartford, Connecticut
this 19th day of December 2007.         ________/s/_________
                                                     Howard F. Pitkin
                                                     Banking Commissioner
 
 
 
 
CERTIFICATION

I hereby certify that on this 19th day of December 2007, the foregoing Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Fine and Notice of Right to Hearing was sent by registered mail, return receipt requested, to Jason John Konior, 145 Spring Street, Second Floor, New York, New York 10012, registered mail no. RB028034313US.


________/s/_________
Jesse B. Silverman
Prosecuting Attorney

                       


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