In accordance with Governor Lamont's emergency declaration, employees and the public are asked to observe social distancing measures to ensure communal safety and to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). People are asked to work from home and telecommute wherever possible. Adhering to these instructions, the Department of Banking has closed its offices to the public. However, agency staff will continue to provide services to consumers and industry through telework. When contacting the Department, please use electronic communication whenever possible. Agency staff will continue to check voicemails during this time. Consumers are encouraged to use our online form for complaints. If you are unsure where to send an inquiry, you may send it to Department.Banking@ct.gov and it will be routed appropriately. Thank you for your patience during this time.

The Department of Banking News Bulletin 

Bulletin # 2899 - Week Ending September 13, 2019

 

This bulletin constitutes the only official notification you will receive from this office concerning any of the following applications.  Any observations you may have are solicited.  Any comments should be in writing to Jorge L. Perez, Banking Commissioner, Department of Banking, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103-1800.  Written comments will be considered only if they are received within ten business days from the date of this bulletin.

 

STATE CREDIT UNION ACTIVITY

Branch Activity
 
DATE:  September 13, 2019
CREDIT UNION:  American Eagle Financial Credit Union, East Hartford
LOCATION:  UTC Research Center, 411 Silver Lane, East Hartford , CT 06118
ACTIVITY: Notice of Planned Closing of Limited Branch
 

SECURITIES AND BUSINESS INVESTMENTS DIVISION ACTIVITY

 

Andrew Seafus Prophet (CRD No. 4016402) and Prophet Financial Planning, LLC

On September 11, 2019, the Banking Commissioner entered a Consent Order (No. CO-19-8437-S) with respect to Prophet Financial Planning, LLC of 3324 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06606, and Andrew Seafus Prophet, managing member of the firm. Andrew Seafus Prophet is currently licensed as an insurance producer with the State of Connecticut Insurance Department. In 2009, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred Andrew Prophet from association with any FINRA member broker-dealer in any capacity. Neither Andrew Prophet nor Prophet Financial Planning, LLC is currently registered in any capacity under the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act.

The Consent Order alleged that, from at least 2014 forward, Andrew Prophet, individually and on behalf of Prophet Financial Planning, LLC violated Section 36b-16 of the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act by selling unregistered securities in the form of promissory notes to investors. The Consent Order acknowledged that Andrew Prophet provided the agency with evidence that 1) he had offered approximately $374,000 in rescission to those investors whose promissory notes had not yet matured and who had not yet been repaid; and 2) only one investor accepted that rescission offer. The Consent Order also acknowledged that Andrew Prophet furnished the department with documentation that he had remitted, under the oversight of his legal counsel 1) $141,250 to those investors whose promissory notes had matured; and 2) $28,500 to cover the balance owed to the one investor who had accepted his rescission offer and whose note had not yet matured.

The Consent Order directed Andrew Seafus Prophet and Prophet Financial Planning, LLC to cease and desist from securities regulatory violations and, for a five year period, to retain and consult with legal counsel prior to issuing, offering or selling securities in or from Connecticut. In addition, the Consent Order fined Andrew Seafus Prophet $10,000.


A&M Capital Advisors, LP (IARD No. 163576)


On September 12, 2019, the Banking Commissioner entered into a Stipulation and Agreement (No. ST-19-8419-S) with A&M Capital Advisors, LP of 1 Pickwick Plaza, Third Floor, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830. The firm is registered as an investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Federally registered investment advisers are generally required to make a state notice filing with the jurisdictions in which they do business. The Stipulation and Agreement alleged that, since moving to Connecticut from New York in 2013, the firm was remiss in making the notice filing required by Section 36b-6(e) of the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act. The filing delinquency was rectified in 2018. In resolution of the matter, the firm agreed to refrain from violative conduct and to pay $3,275 to the agency. Of that amount $2,500 constituted an administrative fine and $775 represented reimbursement for past due investment advisory notice filing fees.

 
 

      Dated: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

 

      Jorge L. Perez
      Banking Commissioner