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CFTC charges Alan James Watson, Michael S. Potts and Cash Flow Financial LLC over USD45m Commodity Pool Ponzi Scheme

Wed, 16/03/2011 - 12:07

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filled a complaint in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan charging defendants Alan James Watson and Cash Flow Financial LLC (CFF), both of Clinton Township, Mich, and Michael S Potts of Mountville, Pa, with fraudulently soliciting and accepting at least USD45 million from more than 600 individuals and entities to participate in a commodity pool to trade commodity futures contracts and securities. None of the defendants has ever been registered with the CFTC. »

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Dennis Todd Hagemann and Yellowstone Partners to pay more than USD1.6m over forex Ponzi scheme

Sun, 13/03/2011 - 13:28

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained a federal default judgment order requiring defendants Dennis Todd Hagemann and his company, Yellowstone Partners, Inc (Yellowstone), both of Raleigh, NC, to pay more than USD1.6 million in restitution and civil monetary penalties for defrauding investors in a foreign currency (forex) Ponzi scheme. »

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CFTC Charges Jacob Juma Omukwe and his companies over fraudulent USD3m forex scheme

Thu, 10/03/2011 - 13:52

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin charging defendants Jacob Juma Omukwe, JadeFX Ltd (JadeFX) and Jade Investments Group, LLC (Jade), with operating a fraudulent off-exchange retail foreign currency (forex) scheme through the website www.jadefx.com. None of the defendants has ever been registered with the CFTC. »

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Forward Investment Group to pay USD46.9m over commodity pool fraud

Tue, 08/03/2011 - 12:34

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained a federal court order imposing more than USD46.9 million in restitution and civil monetary penalties on Robert D Bame of Moreno Valley, Califonia, and his firm, Forward Investment Group, LLC (Forward) of Santa Monica, California. The order requires the defendants to pay restitution of USD16,038,568.68 and a USD30,887,006 civil monetary penalty for commodity pool fraud. »

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CFTC charges Ortiz and his companies over off-exchange foreign currency scam

Sun, 06/03/2011 - 14:00

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed an anti-fraud enforcement action against defendants David L Ortiz of Vero Beach, Florida, and his companies, Goyep International, Inc, of Vero Beach, Florida, and Royal Returns, Inc, of Hollywood, Florida, charging them with operating a fraudulent off-exchange foreign currency (forex) scheme that accepted funds totalling at least USD420,000 from at least 10 customers. »

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Jeffrey Shalhoub and Jeff Shalhoub Investments to pay more than USD700,000 over commodity futures Ponzi scheme

Fri, 04/03/2011 - 06:00

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained more than USD700,000 in restitution and civil monetary penalties in a federal court order against Jeffrey Shalhoub of Staten Island, NY, and his company, Jeff Shalhoub Investments (JSI) of Long Island City, NY, in connection with the fraudulent operation of a commodity futures Ponzi scheme. »

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CFTC charges Stuckey over USD2.8m forex fraud

Thu, 24/02/2011 - 17:00

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed an anti-fraud civil lawsuit charging defendants Randall Lynn Stuckey of St Peters, M., and his Missouri-based business entities, Stuckey Group, LP, Stuckey Group II, LP and Oakwood Development Company LP, with operating an illegal off-exchange foreign currency (forex) scheme that defrauded more than 65 customers out of at least USD2.8 million. »

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Federal Court freezes assets of Texas man Larry Benny Groover over forex Ponzi scheme

Sun, 20/02/2011 - 14:00

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained a federal court order freezing the assets of defendant Larry Benny Groover of Gunter, Texas, charged with operating a USD1.4 million foreign currency (forex) Ponzi scheme and misappropriating customer funds for his personal use. Groover has never been registered with the CFTC. »

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CFTC freezes assets over USD35m forex Ponzi scheme

Thu, 17/02/2011 - 12:00

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained a federal court order freezing the assets held by defendants Keith F Simmons of West Jefferson, NC, Bryan Coats of Clayton, NC, Jonathan Davey of Newark, Ohio, and numerous corporate entities controlled by them. »

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New York Federal Court freezes assets of Brian Kim and Liquid Capital Management

Wed, 16/02/2011 - 14:00

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained a federal court order freezing assets held by defendants Brian Kim and Liquid Capital Management, LLC (Liquid Capital), both of New York, NY.  »

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CFTC orders Northstar and founder to pay more than USD11m to settle anti-fraud action

Sun, 06/02/2011 - 13:12

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed and simultaneously settled charges against James M Peister and his company, Northstar International Group, (Northstar), that they defrauded commodity pool participants by concealing trading losses and using participants’ funds to make payments to other participants and for business and personal expenses. Peister resides in St. James, NY, and Northstar is located in Oceanside, NY. »

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Utah Federal Court freezes assets of Robert Andres and his Houston firm

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 12:49

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained a federal court order freezing assets held by defendants Robert J. Andres and Winsome Investment Trust (Winsome), both of Houston, Texas, Robert L. Holloway of San Diego, California, and US Ventures LC (USV) of Salt Lake City, Utah. »

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Diamond Ventures to pay more than USD4m over forex fraud

Wed, 26/01/2011 - 16:00

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained more than USD4 million in restitution and civil monetary penalties in a federal judgment order against defendants Beau Diamond and his company, Diamond Ventures LLC (DVL), both of Sarasota, Florida. »

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CFTC charges Arizona resident Anthony Eugene Linton over foreign currency Ponzi scheme

Tue, 25/01/2011 - 12:06

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained an emergency federal court order freezing the assets of defendant Anthony Eugene Linton of Tucson, Arizona, dba The Private Trading Pool. The court’s order also prohibits the destruction of books and records and grants the CFTC immediate access to such documents. »

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SEC charges sub-prime loan hedge fund managers with fraudulent misuse of assets

Wed, 22/12/2010 - 15:07

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged two San Francisco-based investment adviser firms along with their former chief executive, former general counsel, and former portfolio manager with defrauding investors in a USD100m hedge fund that invested in sub-prime automobile loans.  »

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CFTC charges California man and firms in USD5.5m precious metals scheme

Thu, 16/12/2010 - 15:15

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed a civil complaint against California-based defendants Ryan A. Nassbridges, American Bullion Exchange ABEX Corp. and American Bullion Exchange LLC, charging them with fraudulent solicitation and misappropriation in connection with precious metals futures and options fraud. »

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Patrick Dailey and Strongbow Investments fined USD2.8m for commodity pool fraud

Wed, 15/12/2010 - 13:19

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has obtained more than USD2.8m in restitution and civil monetary penalties in a federal judgment order against defendants Patrick J. Dailey of California and his company Strongbow Investments of Austin, Texas. »

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CFTC charges Vincent Patrick McCrudden with registration violations

Wed, 15/12/2010 - 12:19

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed a complaint alleging registration violations against Vincent Patrick McCrudden of New York, Alnbri Management, and Managed Accounts Asset Management. »

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CFTC charges floor broker Kent Whitney with options fraud

Mon, 13/12/2010 - 10:16

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed an enforcement action charging Kent R.E. Whitney, a registered floor broker, with making false and misleading statements to Chicago Mercantile Exchange representatives, futures commission merchants and others in connection with a scheme to trade options without posting the required margin.  »

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CFTC charges MXBK with defrauding hundreds of US customers

Thu, 09/12/2010 - 15:00

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed an enforcement action in the US District Court for the District of Utah, charging MXBK Group, a private Mexican financial services holding company, and its foreign currency trading division, MBFX, with issuing false customer statements and misrepresenting trading results on its website in connection with its foreign currency trading enterprise. »

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Court fines defendants USD26m for multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme

Thu, 09/12/2010 - 13:53

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has obtained more than USD26m in restitution and civil monetary penalties against defendants Kenneth W. Lee, Simon Yang, Prestige Ventures and Federated Management Group, and relief defendants Sheila Lee, Darren Lee and David Lee. »

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Florida residents and firm fined USD4m for defrauding investors

Thu, 09/12/2010 - 11:31

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has obtained a default judgment order requiring FX Professional International Solutions and its principals, Pedro de Sousa and Guillermo Rosario, to pay more than USD4m in civil monetary penalties for issuing false account statements to customers in an off-exchange foreign currency fraud. »

SEC chairman Mary L. Schapiro

SEC proposes joint rules with CFTC to define swap related terms

Mon, 06/12/2010 - 14:26

The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted unanimously to propose joint rules with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that would further define a series of terms related to the security-based swaps market. »

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SEC brings proceeding against fund manager for uncooperative behaviour

Mon, 22/11/2010 - 11:29

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has instituted public administrative and cease-and-desist proceedings against Thrasher Capital Management and its chief executive officer and managing member, James Perkins.  »

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CFTC charges Florida and Virginia residents with USD28m Ponzi scheme

Mon, 08/11/2010 - 15:01

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed an enforcement action charging Phillip Milton of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Gregory Center of McLean, Virginia, William Center of Richmond, Virginia, and their company Trade, based in Palm Spring Gardens, Florida, with operating a Ponzi scheme involving approximately USD28m in connection with the Trade commodity pool. »

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CFTC charges Richard Theye and Micind Capital with running Ponzi scheme

Mon, 08/11/2010 - 12:03

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed an action in federal court in Austin, Texas, charging Richard D. Theye and his company Micind Capital Management with fraud in connection with running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme. »

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CFTC charges Highlands Capital Management with defrauding customers

Mon, 08/11/2010 - 10:30

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed an enforcement action charging Highlands Capital Management, based in San Francisco, California, and its principal Glenn Kane Jackson of Tiburon, California, with operating a fraudulent off-exchange foreign currency scheme. »

David Friedland, president of the Hedge Fund Association

Hedge Fund Association opposes self-regulatory organisation

Mon, 08/11/2010 - 06:14

The Hedge Fund Association is opposing the creation of any hedge fund self-regulatory organisation. »

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CFTC charges Griggs and Aloha with multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 10:16

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed an enforcement action charging Perry Jay Griggs, a convicted felon and current fugitive, and his wife, Rachelle Griggs, most recently from Las Vegas, and their company, Aloha Trading, with operating a multi-million dollar commodity futures Ponzi scheme from at least 2005 through 2009. »

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Court fines Texas defendants USD16.2m in CFTC anti-fraud action

Thu, 28/10/2010 - 10:38

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has obtained more than USD16.2m in restitution and civil monetary penalties in a federal court order against defendants Scott P. Kear, Sr., Jeffery L. Lyon and entities they controlled, M25 Investments and M37 Investments, all of Waxahachie, Texas. »

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