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Mark Evan Bloom and North Hills Management fined USD26m for commodity pool fraud

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Mark Evan Bloom and his firm North Hills Management are jointly to pay a USD26 million fine to settle CFTC charges over the operation of a fraudulent commodity pool, North Hills LP.

Previously, on 11 June, 2010, the court entered a Consent Order of permanent injunction against the Defendants. In the Consent Order, the court found that Bloom and NHM misappropriated approximately USD13 million from North Hills, which they operated from at least 2002 until February 2009.  During this period, Bloom maintained a lavish lifestyle, including purchasing a luxury apartment in Manhattan for over USD5 million.  The Consent Order also found that Bloom and NHM concealed their misappropriation and made several other misrepresentations and material omissions to pool participants.  For example, they failed to disclose that pool participants’ assets were invested contrary to their stated investment strategy, and they issued false statements concerning the nature and status of North Hills and participants’ interests in it.  The Consent Order imposed a permanent injunction and permanent trading, solicitation, and registration bans against the Defendants. 

In February 2009, Bloom was charged in a parallel criminal proceeding based on allegations that are similar to those in the CFTC’s Complaint (see United States v Bloom, 1:09-cr-367-JGK (S.D.N.Y.)).  On 30 July, 2009, Bloom pleaded guilty to the charges and is currently awaiting sentencing. The plea agreement in Bloom’s criminal case requires him to pay restitution to investors in an amount to be determined by the court.  For this reason, the Supplemental Consent Order in the CFTC’s case does not mandate restitution.

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