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BEFORE THE COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE AND INSURANCEOF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE AT NASHVILLETENNESSEE SECURITIES DMSION)Petitioner,))))vs.CUSO EQUITIES, INC. aka "CUE"Respondent.File No.:03-013))))CONSENT ORDERThe Tennessee Securities Division (the "Division''), and Cuso Equities, Inc. ("CUE")agree to the entry of this Consent Order in accordance with T.C.A. §48-2-11 6 of the TennesseeSecurities Act of1980, as amended, T.C.A. §§48-2-101 , ·(the "Act'), which states that theCommissioner from time to time may make such orders as are necessary to carry out theprovisions of the Act.FINDINGS OF FACT1The Tennessee Securities Act of 1980, as amended, T.C.A. §48-2-101, ·(the"Act''), places the responsibility for the administration of the Act on the Commissioner ofCommerce and Insurance ("Commissioner''). The Division is the lawful agent through which theCommissioner discharges this responsibility. T.C.A. §48-2-115.2.Cuso Equities, Inc. ("CUE'') (CRD# 21033) conducts business as a broker-dealer.CUE maintains its primary business address at 3200 N. Central Avenue, Suite 200, Phoenix,Arizona 85012. CUE has never been registered with the Division as a broker-dealer:3CUE applied for registration as a broker-dealer with the Division on January J

2003. This application is currently pending before the Division.4.On January 3, 2003, CUE also filed agent registration applications for James D.Hom (CRD #1721412) and Theresa A. Hom (CRD #403069). These applications are currentlypending before the Division.5Mr. and Mrs. Hom are Maryville, Tennessee residents. Mr. Hom conductsbusiness as an investment advisor under the name Quality Financial Concepts.6.Beginning in March of2003, CUE began executing transactions through itsTennessee resident agent, James D. Hom ("Hom''). During the period of time between March of2003 and June 9, 2003, CUE has executed thirty-seven (37) transactions from, in or into the stateof Tennessee through its Tennessee resident agent, Hom.CUE maintains a publicly accessible internet website located athtt,p://www.cuefinancial.com. On this website CUE advertises and offers broker-dealer servicesto the public. The Horns are listed on the website as CUE's Tennessee representatives.CONCLUSIONS OF LAW8.Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 48-2-llS(a), the responsibility forthe administration of the Act is upon the Commissioner. The Division is the lawful agentthrough which the Commissioner discharges this responsibility.9.T.C.A 48-2-112(a)(2)(B) states, in pertinent part, that the Commissioner by ordermay deny, suspend, or revoke any registration under this part if he finds that the order is in thepublic interest, necessary for the protection of investors, and if he finds that the applicant orregistrant, or in the case of a broker-dealer or investment adviser, any officer, director, or any2

person occupying a similar status or performing similar functions has willfully failed to complywith any provision ofthis part or a predecessor chapter or any rule or order under this part or apredecessor chapter, including, without limitation, any net capital requirements.10.T.C.A. § 48-2-1 09(a) states, in pertinent part, that it is unlawful for any person totransact business from or in this state as a broker-dealer unless the person is registered as abroker-dealer under this part.11.T.C.A. § 48-2-109(b) states, in pertinent part, that it is unlawful for any broker-dealer to employ an agent to transact business as an agent unless the agent is registered under thispart. The registration of an agent is not effective during any period when the agent is notassociated with a particular broker-dealer registered under this part.12.The averments in paragraphs 2 through 7 of this Consent Order, constitute acts byCUE that would provide grounds under T.C.A. § 48-2-112(a)(2)(B) for the entry of an order ofsanctions against the broker-dealer.13.T.C.A 48-2-112(a)(2)(J) states, in pertinent part, that the Commissioner by ordermay deny, suspend, or revoke any registration under this part if he finds that the order is in thepublic interest, necessary for the protection of investors, and if he finds that the applicant orregistrant, or in the case of a broker-dealer or investment adviser, any officer, director, or anyperson occupying a similar status or performing similar functions has failed to reasonablysupervise such person's agents if the person is a broker-dealer.14.The averments in paragraphs 2 through 7 of this Consent Order, constitute acts byCUE that would provide grounds under T.C.A. § 48-2- 112(a)(2)(J) for the entry of an order ofsanctions against the broker-dealer.3

ORDERNOW, THEREFORE, on the basis of the foregoing, and Cuso Equities, Inc.'s waiver ofits right to a hearing and appeal under the Tennessee Securities Act and Tennessee's UniformAdministrative Procedures Act, T.C.A. §§4-5-101 .,andthe Respondent's admission ofjurisdiction of the Commissioner, the Commissioner finds that Cuso Equities, Inc.'s, for thepurpose of settling this matter, admits the matters herein, has agreed to the entry of this Orderand that the following Order is appropriate, in the public interest and necessary for the protectionof investors.IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to T.C.A. §48-2-116(a) of the Tennessee Securities Act that:Cuso Equities, Inc. shall fully comply with the Tennessee Securities Act, asamended, and all rules promulgated thereunder;2.Cuso Equities, Inc. shall be assessed a civil penalty in the amount of FiveThousand Five Hundred ( 5,500.00) dollars. Said civil penalty shall be paid by a check madepayable to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance and mailed to the attention of:Broker-Dealer Registration SectionTennessee Securities Division500 James Robertson ParkwayNashville, Tennessee 372433The pending broker-dealer registration application shall be made effective by theDivision upon the satisfaction of the obligations placed upon Cuso Equities, Inc. by the entry ofthis Consent Order.IT IS ORDERED that this Order represents the complete and final resolution of, anddischarge with respect to all administrative and civil, claims, demands, actions and causes of4

action by the Commissioner against Cuso Equities, Inc. for all violations of the Act alleged bythe Tennessee Securities Division to have occurred because of the broker-dealer's lack ofregistration and employment of an unregistered agent during the period of time between March2003 and the date of entry of this order.This Consent Order is in the public interest and in the best interests of the parties, andrepresents a compromise and settlement of the controversy between the parties and is forsettlement purposes only. By the signatures affixed below, Cuso Equities, Inc. affirmativelystates that it has freely agreed to the entry of this Consent Order, that it waives its right to ahearing on the matters underlying this Consent Order and to a review of the Findings of fact andConclusions of Law contained herein, and that no threats or promises of any kind have beenmade by the Commissioner, the Division, or any agent or representative thereof. The parties, bysigning this Consent Order, affirmatively state their agreement to be bound by the terms of thisConsent Order and aver that no promises or offers relating to the circumstances described herein,other than the terms of settlement set forth in this Consent Order, are binding upon them.ENTERED this1, day of . 2003.Paula A. Flowers, CommissionerDepartment of Commerce and Insurances

APPROVED FOR ENTRY: A&.u w Dahll:o. Smith, AssiStomtnissionerTennessee Securities DivisionESsmneUDin(#015362)ounsel for PetitionerDepartment of Commerce and InsuranceDavy Crockett Tower, 5th Floor500 James Robertson ParkwayNashville, Tennessee 37243(615) 741-21996

transact business from or in this state as a broker-dealer unless the person is registered as a broker-dealer under this part. 11. T.C.A. § 48-2-109(b) states, in pertinent part, that it is unlawful for any broker-dealer to employ an agent to transact business as