UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
In the Matter of
CHAD L. CONNER,
| ORDER INSTITUTING ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS
PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(b)(6) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 AND SECTION 203(f) OF THE INVESTMENT ADVISERS ACT OF 1940,
MAKING FINDINGS, AND IMPOSING REMEDIAL SANCTIONS
The Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission") deems it appropriate and in the public interest that public administrative proceedings be, and hereby are, instituted pursuant to Section 15(b)(6) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act") and Section 203(f) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 ("Advisers Act") against Chad L. Conner ("Conner" or "Respondent").
In anticipation of the institution of these proceedings, Respondent has submitted an Offer of Settlement (the "Offer") which the Commission has determined to accept. Solely for the purpose of these proceedings and any other proceedings brought by or on behalf of the Commission, or to which the Commission is a party, and without admitting or denying the findings herein, except as to the Commission's jurisdiction over them and the subject matter of these proceedings, and the findings contained in Section III.2 and III.4 below, which are admitted, Respondent consents to the entry of this Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings Pursuant to Section 15(b)(6) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 203(f) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Making Findings, and Imposing Remedial Sanctions ("Order"), as set forth below.
On the basis of this Order and Respondent's Offer, the Commission finds that:
1. At all relevant times, Conner was a registered representative associated with Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., a broker-dealer and investment adviser registered with the Commission pursuant to Section 15 of the Exchange Act and Section 203(c) of the Advisers Act. Conner is a resident of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
2. On February 10, 2003, a Final Judgment was entered by consent against Conner in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in the action captioned Securities and Exchange Commission v. John Freeman, et al., 00 Civ. 1963 (VM) (S.D.N.Y.), permanently enjoining Conner from violating Sections 10(b) and 14(e) of the Exchange Act and Rules 10b-5 and 14e-3 thereunder. Conner was also ordered to pay disgorgement in the amount of $3,584,325 with prejudgment interest in the amount of $894,808, but payment of the full amount was waived based upon his sworn Statement of Financial Condition, and a civil penalty was not imposed.
3. The Commission's Complaint alleges that John Freeman, a temporary word-processing employee at Goldman Sachs & Co., Inc. and later Credit Suisse First Boston, tipped James Cooper and other defendants about merger and acquisition transactions involving clients of those investment banking firms. James Cooper tipped several persons, including his broker, Conner. Conner traded in advance of one transaction and realized profits of $2,752. Conner also provided tips to several persons who traded and realized profits of $3,581,573 collectively.
4. On March 20, 2002, in United States v. Conner, 00 Crim. 731 (GBD)
(S.D.N.Y.), based on the conduct at issue in the Commission's civil injunctive action, Conner was convicted in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York of conspiracy to commit insider trading, insider trading, conspiracy to violate the Travel Act, and commercial bribery in violation of the Travel Act. Conner was sentenced on October 18, 2002 to 50 months incarceration, 3 years supervised probation, and a $8,400 special assessment.
In view of the foregoing, the Commission deems it appropriate and in the public interest to impose the sanctions specified in Respondent Conner's Offer.
ACCORDINGLY, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
Pursuant to Section 15(b)(6) of the Exchange Act and Section 203(f) of the Advisers Act, that Respondent Conner be, and hereby is, barred from association with any broker, dealer, or investment adviser.
Jonathan G. Katz
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