DOB: Morris, Peter McKinley Consent Order

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(CRD No. 2464184)

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   No. CO-2007-7440-S


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, 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 Peter McKinley Morris ("Morris") to determine whether Morris 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 Morris reached an agreement, the terms of which are reflected in this Consent Order, in full and final resolution of the matters described herein;

WHEREAS, Morris, 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, Morris, 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;

WHEREAS, the Commissioner has determined that no fine will be imposed on Morris based on Morris' demonstrated inability to pay;


WHEREAS, as a result of the Investigation, the Division obtained evidence that from September 2002 through December 2002, Morris, in violation of Section 36b-16 of the Act, offered and sold to at least one Connecticut investor a security in the form of an investment contract issued by Resort Holdings International, S.A. and that the security was not registered in Connecticut nor was it exempt from registration under Section 36b-21 of the Act, nor was it a covered security as defined in Section 36b-3(7) of the Act;


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 Morris based on the following, all of which are more fully described above, and which Morris neither admits nor denies:

From September 2002 through December 2002, Morris violated Section 36b-16 of the Act by offering and selling an unregistered security to at least one Connecticut resident;


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

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;
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.


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

1. For a period of ten (10) years commencing on the date this Consent Order is entered by the Commissioner, Morris shall be BARRED from acting in or from Connecticut as a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser, investment adviser agent or agent of issuer as such terms are defined in Section 36b-3 of the Act;
2. Notwithstanding paragraph 1 above, after seven (7) years have elapsed from the date this Consent Order is entered by the Commissioner, Morris may apply for registration as a broker-dealer, broker-dealer agent, investment adviser, investment adviser agent or agent of issuer in Connecticut, provided, until full expiration of the tenth year from the date of entry of this Consent Order, the Commissioner, in the Commissioner's sole discretion, may, in reviewing such application, enter Morris' name on the appropriate register, or deny, restrict or impose conditions on any such registration without making the findings required by Section 36b-15(a) of the Act, as from time to time amended, or complying with the requirements of Sections 36b-15(f) and (g) of the Act, as from time to time amended;
3. Morris 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;


 NOW THEREFORE , the Commissioner enters the following:

The Sanctions set forth above be and are hereby entered;
If Morris fails to comply with any terms of this Consent Order or if any representation made by Morris and set forth herein is subsequently determined to be untrue, the Commissioner may initiate administrative or judicial proceedings against Morris to enforce this Consent Order or to sanction Morris 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 Morris 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.

So ordered at Hartford, Connecticut      __________/s/_______
this 10th day of October 2007.       Howard F. Pitkin 
      Banking Commissioner 


I, Peter M. Morris, 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.

Peter M. Morris 

On this the 1st day of October 2007, before me, Mark Piscitelli, the undersigned officer, personally appeared Peter M. Morris, 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.

Notary Public
Date Commission Expires:  Aug. 31, 2009

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