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STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF SECURITIES

121 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, ME  04333

 

 

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Text Box: IN RE:										
Aptus Technology Corporation, Hirak Biswas, Joseph Orlando, and Apurba Mukherjee












            NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE A

CEASE AND DESIST ORDER AND

IMPOSE A CIVIL PENALTY           

 

04-098

 

 

 

ALLEGATIONS

 

 

1.                  Aptus Technology Corporation (“Aptus”) was incorporated in Massachusetts in 2001 and has a principal place of business at 201 Boston Post Road West, Marlboro, Massachusetts 01532.

 

2.                  Hirak Biswas (“Biswas”) is an individual who has been at all relevant times the president, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of Aptus and whose last known business address is 201 Boston Post Road West, Marlboro, Massachusetts 01532.

 

3.                  Joseph Orlando (“Orlando”) is an individual who has been at all relevant times the treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Aptus and whose last known business address is 201 Boston Post Road West, Marlboro, Massachusetts 01532.

 

4.                  Apurba Mukherjee (“Mukherjee”) is an individual who has been at all relevant times the secretary and a director of Aptus and whose last known business address is 201 Boston Post Road West, Marlboro, Massachusetts 01532.

 

5.                  In or about December 2002, Biswas discussed investments in Aptus with a resident of Thomaston, Maine (“the Thomaston resident”).  Biswas represented to the Thomaston resident that venture capital funding for Aptus’ business operations was assured and that investors would not lose their money.  The Thomaston resident then relayed that information to a resident of Portland, Maine (“the Portland resident”) for whom the Thomaston resident had been providing financial services and advice.

 

6.                  On December 16, 2002, the Portland resident sent a wire transfer of $19,000 from her account at a Maine savings bank to a bank account owned by Aptus.

 

7.                  On or about January 29, 2003, Biswas sent a letter to the Portland resident thanking her for investing in Aptus.

 

8.                  On or about February 3, 2003, Orlando signed a promissory note on Aptus’ behalf and pursuant to which Aptus, designated as the “Borrower,” agreed to pay the Portland resident, designated as the “Lender,” the sum of $19,000 plus accrued interest by April 17, 2003. 

 

9.                  Aptus has made no payment on the promissory note and has not otherwise returned any funds to the Portland resident. 

 

10.              On or about September 8, 17, and 28, 2004, the Office of Securities sent letters to Aptus and Biswas requesting that they provide immediately a written statement agreeing to refrain from further solicitations or sales to Maine residents.  The letters also requested that Aptus and Biswas provide, by September 30, a written statement regarding transactions with the Portland resident and any other Maine residents.  Despite explicit warnings that an enforcement action might follow from a failure to provide the requested statements, the Office of Securities received no written statement from Aptus or Biswas.

 

11.              The promissory note offered and sold by Aptus is a security under section 10501(18) of the Revised Maine Securities Act, 32 M.R.S.A. §§ 10101-10713 (“the Act”).

 

12.              Pursuant to section 10401 of the Act, a person may not offer and sell any security in Maine unless the security is registered under the Act.

 

13.              The promissory note that Aptus offered and sold to the Portland resident was not registered under the Act.  Aptus thus violated section 10401 of the Act.

 

14.              Pursuant to section 10601(3) of the Act, “[i]t is unlawful to fail to provide promptly any written statement if requested” by the administrator.

 

15.              By failing to provide the two written statements requested by the administrator, Aptus and Biswas violated section 10601(3) of the Act.

 

16.              As officers and directors of Aptus, the individual respondents are “control persons” of Aptus pursuant to 32 M.R.S.A. § 10602(3).  Biswas, Orlando, and Mukherjee are thus liable for the securities law violations of Aptus.

 

17.              Pursuant to section 10602(1) of the Act, the administrator may issue a cease and desist order if she reasonably believes that any person has engaged, is engaging or is about to engage in any act or practice constituting a violation of any provision of the Act.

 

18.              Pursuant to section 10602(1) of the Act, the administrator may issue an order imposing a civil penalty that may not exceed $1,500 for a single violation if she reasonably believes that any person has engaged, is engaging or is about to engage in any act or practice constituting a violation of any provision of the Act.

 

 

NOTICE

 

 

Pursuant to 32 M.R.S.A. § 10708(6), notice is hereby given that the Securities Administrator intends to issue an Order to Cease and Desist and Impose a Civil Penalty against Aptus, Biswas, Orlando, and Mukherjee pursuant to section 10602(1) of the Act.

 

Pursuant to 32 M.R.S.A. § 10708(2), interested parties have thirty (30) calendar days from the entry of this Notice of Intent to file a written request for a hearing.

 

 

Date:    November 15, 2004                                         s/Christine A. Bruenn

                                                                                    Christine A. Bruenn

                                                                                    Securities Administrator

 

Reviewed by:

 

Date:    November 15, 2004                                         s/Bonnie E. Russell

                                                                                    Bonnie E. Russell

                                                                                    Assistant Securities Administrator

 

Presented by:

 

Date:    November 15, 2004                                         s/Michael W. Atleson

                                                                                    Michael W. Atleson

                                                                                    Staff Attorney