DOB: Marshall, Quintin-Argyle-CD-NOIF

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IN THE MATTER OF:

QUINTIN GEOFFREY MARSHALL
CRD NO. 4337208
("Marshall")

ARGYLE CAPITAL, LLC
("Argyle")

    (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-2007-7130-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.

II.  RESPONDENTS
 
6. Marshall is an individual whose last known address to the Commissioner is 150 Southfield Avenue, Apartment 2406, Stamford, Connecticut 06902.
7.
Argyle is a Delaware limited liability company with its last known business address to the Commissioner at 239 Glenville Road, Suite 300, Greenwich, Connecticut 06831.
 

III.  STATEMENT OF FACTS
 
8. At all times relevant hereto, Marshall was the sole member of Argyle.
9. From at least December 2000 to December 2003, Argyle was an issuer of securities (“Argyle Securities”) that it offered and sold through Marshall.
10. In or about December 2000, Marshall, on behalf of Argyle, offered and sold Argyle Securities to at least one investor, which securities 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.
11.
Marshall, on behalf of Argyle, in connection with the offer and sale of Argyle Securities to at least one investor, guaranteed a return on the monies invested and failed to disclose investment risks.  To date, the investor has not received the stated return on investment.
 
 
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
 
12. Paragraphs 1 through 11, inclusive, are incorporated and made a part hereof as if more fully set forth herein.
13.
Respondents offered and sold unregistered securities to at least one investor, which securities were not registered in Connecticut under the Act, as more fully described in paragraph 10.  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 Respondents under Section 36b-27(d) of the Act prior to October 1, 2003.
 
 
b.  Violation of Section 36b-4(a) of the Act – Fraud in
Connection with the Offer and Sale of any Security
 
 
14. Paragraphs 1 through 13, inclusive, are incorporated and made a part hereof as if more fully set forth herein.
15.
The conduct of Respondents, as more fully described in paragraph 11, constitutes, in connection with the offer, sale or purchase of any Security, directly or indirectly, making an untrue statement of a material fact or omitting to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statement made, in the light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading.  Such conduct constitutes a violation of Section 36b-4(a) 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 Respondents under Section 36b-27(d) of the Act prior to October 1, 2003.
 

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, Quintin Geoffrey Marshall and Argyle Capital, LLC have violated Sections 36b-16 and 36b-4(a) 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 Quintin Geoffrey Marshall and Argyle Capital, LLC CEASE AND DESIST from directly or indirectly violating the provisions of the Act, including without limitation:  (1) offering and selling unregistered securities; and (2) in connection with the offer, sale or purchase of any security, directly or indirectly, making of any untrue statement of a material fact or omitting to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statement made, in the light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading,

THE COMMISSIONER FURTHER ORDERS that, pursuant to Section 36b-27(a) of the Act, as amended, Quintin Geoffrey Marshall and Argyle Capital, LLC will be afforded an opportunity for a hearing on the allegations set forth above.
 
A hearing will be granted to Quintin Geoffrey Marshall and Argyle Capital, LLC 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 Quintin Geoffrey Marshall and Argyle Capital, LLC 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 13, 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, Quintin Geoffrey Marshall and Argyle Capital, LLC 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 Quintin Geoffrey Marshall if he does not request a hearing within the prescribed time period, and against Argyle Capital, LLC if it 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 Marshall and Argyle each committed one violation of Section 36b-16 of the Act and one violation of Section 36b-4(a) 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, or a maximum fine of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) on Marshall and a maximum fine of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) on Argyle.
 
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 13, 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 22nd day of June 2007.               ________/s/_________
                                                    Howard F. Pitkin
                                                    Banking Commissioner


 

CERTIFICATION

I hereby certify that on this 25th 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 Quintin Geoffrey Marshall, 150 Southfield Avenue, Apartment 2406, Stamford, Connecticut 06902, registered mail no. RB028034066US; and Argyle Capital, LLC, 239 Glenville Road, Suite 300, Greenwich, Connecticut 06831, registered mail no. RB028034070US.

                                                    ________/s/_________
                                                    Stacey Serrano Sarlo
                                                    Prosecuting Attorney


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