1. The administrator may by order deny, suspend, or revoke a registration or may censure, impose a civil penalty upon, or bar an applicant, registrant, or any officer, director, partner, or person occupying a similar status or performing similar functions for a registrant. A person barred under this subsection may be prohibited by the administrator from employment with a registered broker-dealer or investment adviser. The administrator may restrict the person barred from engaging in any activity for which registration is required. Any action by the administrator under this subsection may be taken if the order is found to be in the public interest and it is found that the applicant or registrant or, in the case of a broker-dealer or investment adviser, a partner, an officer, or a director, a person occupying a similar status or performing similar functions, or a person directly or indirectly controlling the broker-dealer or investment adviser:
a. Has filed an application for registration which as of its effective date, or as of any date after filing in the case of an order denying effectiveness, was incomplete in any material respect or contained any statement which was, in light of the circumstances under which it was made, false or misleading with respect to any material fact;
b. Has willfully violated or willfully failed to comply with any provision of this chapter or a predecessor act or any rule or order under this chapter or a predecessor act;
c. Has been convicted within the past ten years of
(1) Any misdemeanor involving a security or any aspect of the securities business, or
(2) Any felony;
d. Is permanently or temporarily enjoined by any court of competent jurisdiction from engaging in or continuing any conduct or practice involving any aspect of the securities, insurance, or commodities business;
e. Is the subject of an order of the administrator denying, suspending, or revoking registration as a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser, investment adviser representative, or insurance agent;
f. Is the subject of an adjudication or order entered after notice and opportunity for hearing, within the past ten years by a securities or commodities agency, an administrator of another state, or a court of competent jurisdiction, that reflects that the person has violated the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Investment Company Act of 1940, or the Commodity Exchange Act, a securities or commodities law of any other state, or a United States postal service fraud order. However, the administrator may not do either of the following:
(1) Institute a revocation or suspension proceeding under this paragraph more than one year from the final agency order relied on or, if the order has been appealed, the final court decision.
(2) Enter an order under this paragraph on the basis of an order under another state law unless that order was based on facts which would currently constitute a ground for an order under this section.
g. Has engaged in dishonest or unethical practices in the securities business;
h. Is insolvent, either in the equity or bankruptcy sense; but the administrator may not enter an order against a broker-dealer or investment adviser under this paragraph without a finding of insolvency as to the broker-dealer or investment adviser;
i. Is not qualified on the basis of such factors as training, experience and knowledge of the securities business;
j. Has failed reasonably to supervise an agent or employee in the case of a broker-dealer, or an investment adviser representative or employee in the case of an investment adviser;
k. Has been denied the right to do business in the securities industry, or the person's authority to do business in the securities industry has been revoked for cause by another state, federal, or foreign governmental agency or by a self-regulatory organization; or
l. Has been the subject of a final order in a criminal, civil, injunctive, or administrative action for securities, commodities, or fraud-related violations of the laws of this state or another state, federal, or foreign governmental unit.
m. Does any of the following:
(1) Has willfully violated the law of a foreign jurisdiction governing or regulating any aspect of the business of securities or banking.
(2) Within the past five years, has been the subject of an action of a securities regulator of a foreign jurisdiction denying, revoking, or suspending the right to engage in the business of securities as a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser, or investment adviser representative.
(3) Is the subject of an action of any securities exchange or self-regulatory organization operating under the authority of the securities regulator of a foreign jurisdiction suspending or expelling such person from membership in such exchange or self-regulatory organization.
n. Does either of the following:
(1) Refuses to allow or otherwise impedes the securities bureau from conducting an audit, examination, inspection, or investigation as provided under section 502.303 or 502.603, including by withholding or concealing records or refusing to furnish records, if the records are required to be kept either under this chapter or under rules adopted under this chapter or by the securities bureau acting under this chapter.
(2) Refuses securities bureau access to any office or location within an office to conduct an audit, examination, inspection, or investigation.
2. The administrator may not institute a suspension or revocation proceeding under subsection 1, paragraphs "c" through "f", on the basis of a fact known to the administrator when registration became effective unless the proceeding is instituted within ninety days after the effective date.
3. The administrator may by order summarily postpone or suspend registration pending final determination of any proceeding under this section. Upon the entry of the order, the administrator shall promptly notify the applicant or registrant, as well as the employer or prospective employer if the applicant or registrant is an agent or investment adviser representative, that it has been entered and of the reasons therefor and that within fifteen days after the receipt of a written request the matter will be set down for hearing. If no hearing is requested and none is ordered by the administrator, the order will remain in effect until it is modified or vacated by the administrator. If a hearing is requested or ordered, the administrator, after notice of and opportunity for hearing, may modify or vacate the order or extend it until final determination.
4. a. If the administrator finds that any registrant or applicant for registration is no longer in existence or has ceased to do business as a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser, or investment adviser representative, or is subject to an adjudication of mental incompetence or to the control of a committee, conservator, or guardian, or cannot be located after search, the administrator may by order revoke the registration or application.
b. If the administrator finds that the applicant or registrant for registration has abandoned the application or registration, the administrator may enter an order of abandonment, and limit or eliminate further consideration of the application or registration, as provided by the administrator. The administrator may enter an order under this paragraph if notice is sent to the applicant or registrant, and either the administrator does not receive a response by the applicant or registrant within forty-five days from the date that the notice was delivered, or action is not taken by the applicant or registrant within the time specified by the administrator in the notice, whichever is later.
5. Withdrawal from registration as a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser, or investment adviser representative becomes effective thirty days after receipt of an application to withdraw or within such shorter period of time as the administrator may by order determine, unless a proceeding to deny, suspend, or revoke a registration is pending when the application is filed or a proceeding to deny, suspend, or revoke a registration, or to impose conditions upon the withdrawal is instituted within thirty days after the application is filed. If a proceeding is pending or instituted, withdrawal becomes effective at such time and upon such conditions as the administrator by order determines. If no proceeding is pending or instituted and withdrawal automatically becomes effective, the administrator may nevertheless institute a revocation or suspension proceeding under subsection 1 within one year after withdrawal became effective and enter a revocation or suspension order as of the last date on which registration was effective.
6. A person who directly or indirectly controls a broker-dealer or agent is subject to the same sanctions applicable to an applicant or registrant under this section, unless the person proves that the person did not know, and was not grossly negligent in failing to know, of the existence of facts by reason of which the liability is alleged to exist.
7. No order may be entered under any part of this section except the first sentence of subsection 3 without compliance with the Iowa administrative procedure Act.
8. A civil penalty levied under subsection 1 shall not exceed one thousand dollars per violation per person and shall not exceed one hundred thousand dollars in a single proceeding against any one person. All administrative fines received shall be deposited in the general fund of the state.
[SS15, § 1920-u15; C24, 27, § 8562; C31, 35, § 8581-c13; C39, § 8581.14; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, § 502.14; C77, 79, 81, § 502.304]
83 Acts, ch 169, § 12, 13; 91 Acts, ch 40, §24-30; 94 Acts, ch 1031, §15; 96 Acts, ch 1025, § 9-12; 97 Acts, ch 114, §12; 98 Acts, ch 1106, §7-12, 24; 99 Acts, ch 166, §3, 4
Referred to in § 502.207A, 502.302
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