DOB: Bayou Technologies Inc-Canady, Steven-CD-NOIF

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IN THE MATTER OF:

BAYOU TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
("Bayou")

STEVEN O. CANADY
("Canady")

    (Collectively "Respondents")

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ORDER TO CEASE AND DESIST

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FINE

AND

NOTICE OF RIGHT TO HEARING

DOCKET NO. CF-2007-7331-S

I. PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

1. The Banking Commissioner (“Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Chapter 672a of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act (“Act”), and the regulations promulgated thereunder (Sections 36b-31-2 to 36b-31-33, inclusive, of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies) (“Regulations”).
2.
Pursuant to Section 36b-26(a) of the Act, the Commissioner, through the Securities and Business Investments Division (“Division”) of the Department of Banking, has conducted an investigation into the activities of Respondents to determine if they have violated, are violating or are about to violate provisions of the Act or Regulations.  Section 36b-26(a) of the Act provides, in pertinent part:
The commissioner may, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act . . . (1) [m]ake such public or private investigations within or outside of this state as the commissioner deems necessary to determine whether any person has violated, is violating or is about to violate any provision of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive, or any regulation or order thereunder . . . .
3. As a result of the investigation by the Division, the Commissioner has reason to believe that Respondents have violated certain provisions of the Act.
4.
As a result of the investigation by the Division, the Commissioner has the authority to issue a cease and desist order against Respondents pursuant to Section 36b-27(a) of the Act, as amended by Public Act 07-91, which provides, in pertinent part:
Whenever it appears to the commissioner after an investigation that any person has violated, is violating or is about to violate any of the provisions of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive, . . . or that the further sale or offer to sell securities would constitute a violation of said sections . . . the commissioner may, in the commissioner’s discretion, order (1) the person . . . to cease and desist from the violations . . . of the provisions of said sections . . . or from the further sale or offer to sell securities constituting or which would constitute a violation of the provisions of said sections . . . .  After such an order is issued, the person named in the order may, within fourteen days after receipt of the order, file a written request for a hearing.  Any such hearing shall be held in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.
5.
As a result of the investigation by the Division, the Commissioner has the authority to impose a fine on Respondents pursuant to Section 36b-27(d) of the Act, which prior to October 1, 2003, provided, in pertinent part:
(1)  Whenever the commissioner finds as the result of an investigation that any person or persons have violated any of the provisions of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive, . . . the commissioner may send a notice to such person or persons by registered mail, return receipt requested . . . .  Any such notice shall include:  (A) A reference to the title, chapter, regulation, rule or order alleged to have been violated; (B) a short and plain statement of the matter asserted or charged; (C) the maximum fine that may be imposed for such violation; and (D) the time and place for the hearing.  Such hearing shall be fixed for a date not earlier than fourteen days after the notice is mailed.
 
(2)  The commissioner shall hold a hearing upon the charges made unless such person or persons fail to appear at the hearing.  Said hearing shall be held in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.  After the hearing if the commissioner finds that the person or persons have violated any of the provisions of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive, . . . the commissioner may, in the commissioner’s discretion and in addition to any other remedy authorized by said sections, order that a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars per violation be imposed upon such person or persons.  If such person or persons fail to appear at the hearing, the commissioner may, as the facts require, order that a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars per violation be imposed upon such person or persons.  The commissioner shall send a copy of any order issued pursuant to this subsection by registered mail, return receipt requested, . . . to any person or persons named in such order.
Section 36b-27(d) of the Act currently provides, in pertinent part:
(1)  Whenever the commissioner finds as the result of an investigation that any person has violated any of the provisions of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive, . . . the commissioner may send a notice to (A) such person . . . by registered mail, return receipt requested . . . .  Any such notice shall include:  (i) A reference to the title, chapter, regulation, rule or order alleged to have been violated; (ii) a short and plain statement of the matter asserted or charged; (iii) the maximum fine that may be imposed for such violation; and (iv) the time and place for the hearing.  Any such hearing shall be fixed for a date not earlier than fourteen days after the notice is mailed.
 
(2)  The commissioner shall hold a hearing upon the charges made unless such person fails to appear at the hearing.  Any such hearing shall be held in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.  After the hearing if the commissioner finds that the person has violated . . . any of the provisions of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive, . . . the commissioner may, in the commissioner’s discretion and in addition to any other remedy authorized by said sections, order that a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars per violation be imposed upon such person.  If such person fails to appear at the hearing, the commissioner may, as the facts require, order that a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars per violation be imposed upon such person.  The commissioner shall send a copy of any order issued pursuant to this subsection by registered mail, return receipt requested, . . . to any person named in such order.

II.  RESPONDENTS

6. Bayou is a Georgia corporation with its principal place of business last known to the Commissioner at 1170 Peachtree Street, Suite 1200, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.
7.
Canady is an individual whose address last known to the Commissioner is 1170 Peachtree Street, Suite 1200, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.
 

III.  STATEMENT OF FACTS

8. From at least July 2003 to the present, Bayou was an issuer of securities in the form of common stock (“Bayou Stock”). 
9. On or about July 23, 2003, Canady, on behalf of Bayou, effected the sale of 5,000 shares of Bayou Stock to at least one Connecticut investor.  On or about July 12, 2004, Canady, on behalf of Bayou, effected the sale of an additional 5,000 shares of Bayou Stock to that same Connecticut investor.
10. On or about March 4, 2005, Canady, on behalf of Bayou, effected the sale of 50,000 shares of Bayou Stock to at least one Connecticut couple.
11. The shares of Bayou Stock that were offered and sold by Respondents were never registered in Connecticut as required by Section 36b-16 of the Act, nor were they exempt from registration under Section 36b-21 of the Act, nor were they covered securities.
12.
Canady has never been registered in Connecticut as required by Section 36b-6 of the Act as an agent of Bayou, nor was he an associated person.
 

IV.  STATUTORY BASIS FOR ORDER TO CEASE AND DESIST
AND ORDER IMPOSING FINE AGAINST RESPONDENTS

a.  Violation of Section 36b-16 of the Act –
Offer and Sale of Unregistered Securities

13. Paragraphs 1 through 12, inclusive, are incorporated and made a part hereof as if more fully set forth herein.
14.
Respondents offered and sold unregistered securities to at least two Connecticut investors, as more fully described in paragraphs 9 and 10, which securities were not registered in Connecticut under the Act, as more fully described in paragraph 11.  The offer and sale of such securities absent registration constitutes a violation of Section 36b-16 of the Act, which forms a basis for an order to cease and desist to be issued against Respondents under Section 36b-27(a) of the Act, as amended, and for the imposition of a fine against Bayou for at least one violation under Section 36b-27(d) of the Act prior to October 1, 2003, and at least one violation under Section 36b-27(d) of the Act; and against Canady for at least one violation under Section 36b-27(d) of the Act prior to October 1, 2003, and at least one violation under Section 36b-27(d) of the Act.
 

b.  Violation of Section 36b-6 of the Act –
Unregistered Agent Activity

15. Paragraphs 1 through 14, inclusive, are incorporated and made a part hereof as if more fully set forth herein.
16. Canady acted as an agent of issuer on three occasions, as more fully described in paragraphs 9 and 10, absent registration, as more fully described in paragraph 12.  Such conduct constitutes a violation of Section 36b-6(a) of the Act, which forms a basis for an order to cease and desist to be issued against Canady under Section 36b-27(a) of the Act, as amended, and for the imposition of a fine against Canady for at least one violation under Section 36b-27(d) of the Act prior to October 1, 2003, and at least one violation under Section 36b-27(d) of the Act.
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Bayou employed Canady as an agent of issuer on three occasions, as more fully described in paragraphs 9 and 10, absent registration, as more fully described in paragraph 12.  Such conduct constitutes a violation of Section 36b-6(b) of the Act, which forms a basis for an order to cease and desist to be issued against Bayou under Section 36b-27(a) of the Act, as amended, and for the imposition of a fine against Bayou for at least one violation under Section 36b-27(d) of the Act prior to October 1, 2003, and at least one violation under Section 36b-27(d) of the Act.
 

V.  ORDER TO CEASE AND DESIST AND NOTICE OF RIGHT TO HEARING

AS A RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION BY THE DIVISION, THE COMMISSIONER FINDS that, with respect to the activity described herein, Bayou Technologies, Inc., and Steven O. Canady have violated Sections 36b-16 and 36b-6 of the Act;
 
THE COMMISSIONER FURTHER FINDS that the issuance of this Order is necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors and consistent with the purposes fairly intended by the policies and provisions of the Act.
 
THE COMMISSIONER THEREFORE ORDERS that Bayou Technologies, Inc., CEASE AND DESIST from directly or indirectly violating the provisions of the Act, including without limitation, (1) offering and selling unregistered securities, and (2) employing an agent absent registration; and that Steven O. Canady CEASE AND DESIST from directly or indirectly violating the provisions of the Act, including without limitation, (1) offering and selling unregistered securities, and (2) acting as an agent of issuer absent registration;

THE COMMISSIONER FURTHER ORDERS that, pursuant to Section 36b-27(a) of the Act, as amended, Bayou Technologies, Inc., and Steven O. Canady will be afforded an opportunity for a hearing on the allegations set forth above.
 
A hearing will be granted to Bayou Technologies, Inc., and Steven O. Canady if a written request for a hearing is received by the Department of Banking, Legal Division, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut 06103-1800, within fourteen (14) days following each Respondent’s receipt of this Order.  The enclosed Appearance and Request for Hearing Form must be completed and mailed to the above address.  If Bayou Technologies, Inc., and Steven O. Canady will not be represented by an attorney at the hearing, please complete the Appearance and Request for Hearing Form as “pro se”.  Once a written request for a hearing is received, the Commissioner may issue a notification of hearing and designation of hearing officer that acknowledges receipt of a request for a hearing, designates a presiding officer and sets the date of the hearing in accordance with Section 4-177 of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 36a-1-21 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.  If a hearing is requested, the hearing will be held on August 8, 2007, at 9 a.m., at the Department of Banking, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut.

The hearing will be held in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 54 of the Connecticut General Statutes.  At such hearing, Bayou Technologies, Inc., and Steven O. Canady will have the right to appear and present evidence, rebuttal evidence and argument on all issues of fact and law to be considered by the Commissioner.
 
This Order shall remain in effect and become permanent against Bayou Technologies, Inc., if it does not request a hearing within the prescribed time period, and against Steven O. Canady if he does not request a hearing within the prescribed time period.


 VI.  NOTICE OF INTENT TO FINE RESPONDENTS AND NOTICE OF HEARING

WHEREAS, the Commissioner finds as a result of an investigation by the Division that Bayou and Canady each committed at least two violations of Section 36b-16 of the Act and at least two violations of Section 36b-6 of the Act;
 
WHEREAS, the Commissioner believes that the imposition of a fine upon Respondents would be in the public interest and consistent with the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act;
 
AND WHEREAS, notice is hereby given to Respondents that the Commissioner intends to impose a fine not to exceed Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) per violation that occurred prior to October 1, 2003, and One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) per violation that occurred subsequent to October 1, 2003, or a maximum fine against Bayou of Two Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars ($220,000) and a maximum fine against Canady of Two Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars ($220,000).
 
NOW THEREFORE, a hearing will be held in accordance with Section 36b-27(d)(2) of the Act and Chapter 54 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
 
The hearing will be held on August 8, 2007, at 9 a.m., at the Department of Banking, 260 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut.
 
At the hearing, Respondents will have the right to appear and present evidence, rebuttal evidence and argument on all issues of fact and law relating to the allegations stated herein.  If any Respondent fails to appear at such hearing, the Commissioner may order that the maximum fine be imposed upon such Respondent.


Dated at Hartford, Connecticut
this 15th day of June 2007.                _______/s/_________
                                                    Howard F. Pitkin
                                                    Banking Commissioner



CERTIFICATION

I hereby certify that on this 18th day of June 2007, the foregoing Order to Cease and Desist, Notice of Intent to Fine and Notice of Right to Hearing was sent by registered mail, return receipt requested, to Bayou Technologies, Inc., 1170 Peachtree Street, Suite 1200, Atlanta, Georgia 30309, registered mail no. RB028034035US; and to Steven O. Canady, 1170 Peachtree Street, Suite 1200, Atlanta, Georgia 30309, registered mail no. RB028034049US.


                                                    _______/s/_________
                                                    Jesse B.Silverman
                                                    Prosecuting Attorney


 


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