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December

  • CFTC CHARGES JOHN F. O'HERRON OF ONEKAMA, MICHIGAN, AND O'HERRON ASSET MANAGEMENT, INC. WITH $2.7 MILLION COMMODITY POOL FRAUD; Court Issues Restraining Order Freezing Assets, Barring the Destruction of Books and Records, and Prohibiting Further Violations of Federal Commodity Law, 4482-00, December 22, 2000.

November

  • CFTC FILES ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST ISAAC FLEYSHMAKHER, OF CHICAGO, ALLEGING COMMODITY POOL FRAUD; CFTC Complaint Alleges That Fleyshmakher Made Fraudulent Solicitations and Engaged in Unauthorized Trading and Misappropriation of Funds in Connection with His Operation of  New Frontier and New Millennium Commodity Pools, 4477-00, November 29, 2000.
  • CFTC CHARGES MARTIN BROWN AND GEOFFREY S. THOMPSON WITH A FRAUDULENT TRADE ALLOCATION SCHEME AND OBTAINS RESTRAINING ORDER FREEZING ASSETS AND RECORDS; Complaint Also Charges Brown and Thompson With Unauthorized Trading, 4476-00, November 22, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST DONALD M. FISHBACK, JR. AND THE DONALD M. FISHBACK COMPANY ALLEGING FRAUDULENT SOLICITATION OF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO PURCHASE COMMODITY OPTIONS TRADING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, 4474-00, November 16, 2000.
  • FLORIDA FEDERAL COURT ENTERS CONSENT ORDER OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION AGAINST GARY V. VALLETTA IN CFTC ACTION CHARGING REGISTRATION, DISCLOSURE AND REPORTING VIOLATIONS; Order Imposes Permanent Injunctions and a Two-Year Registration Ban, 4472-00, November 9, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST FREDERIC J. MERSCH, CHARGING HIM WITH VIOLATING EXCHANGE TRADING LIMITS, 4471-00, November 7, 2000. 

October

  • CFTC PARTICIPATES IN JOINT LAW ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE AIMED AT CLEANING UP THE INTERNET, 4466-00, October 31, 2000. 
  • CFTC FILES ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST U.S. SECURITIES & FUTURES CORP. (USSFC), JUSTUS ENTERPRISES, INC., THOMAS WHITE, NANCY BELLASSAI, JOHN HING, MICHAEL SKRABLE AND DANIEL REYNOLDS, CHARGING THAT THEY PARTICIPATED IN A FOREIGN BROKER’S MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR TRADE ALLOCATION FRAUD; CFTC Also Alleges, Among Other Things, That USSFC, Hing, White, Bellasai, Huaya Lu Tung, Thomas Gong, Jiping Wu, and Bellasai Failed to Supervise Diligently USSFC and Its Employees, 4465-00, October 26, 2000.
  • CFTC CHARGES JAMES STEPHENS III, AND TRENDSYSTEMS, INC. WITH COMMODITY FUTURES AND OPTIONS FRAUD AND OBTAINS STATUTORY RESTRAINING ORDER FREEZING DEFENDANTS’ ASSETS AND RECORDS, 4463-00, October 25, 2000.
  • UTAH FEDERAL COURT ENTERS PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST STEPHEN W. BROCKBANK, CAROL J. LOVE, AND BIRMA, LTD., IN CFTC ENFORCEMENT ACTION CHARGING FRAUDULENT OPERATION OF A COMMODITY POOL, 4459-00, October 5, 2000.
  • CFTC ACCEPTS OFFER OF SETTLEMENT FROM FORMER REGISTRANT TIMOTHY M. BENGSON IN CONNECTION WITH FRAUDULENT ALLOCATION SCHEME; CFTC Order Imposes A Permanent Trading Ban, Requires Him to Comply with Undertaking Never To Seek Registration And Requires Payment of A Civil Monetary Penalty of Up To $110,000, Pursuant To Payment Plan, 4457-00, October 2, 2000.
  • FLORIDA DISTRICT COURT ISSUES DEFAULT ORDERS OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION AGAINST INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS PROHIBITING THEM FROM CONTINUING TO OPERATE A FRAUDULENT PRECIOUS METALS SCHEME; Court’s Order Also Enjoins Them From Soliciting or Accepting Customers For Commodity Futures or Options Trading and Bars Them From Seeking Registration or Acting In Any Capacity Requiring Registration with the CFTC; Court Will Determine The Amount of Civil Monetary Penalties, Restitution and Disgorgement To Be Imposed, 4456-00, October 2, 2000.

September

  • CFTC FILES ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST CTS FINANCIAL PUBLISHING, DEARBORN FINANCIAL PUBLISHING, DENNIS BLITZ, AND NICK VAN NICE ALLEGING FRAUD; Complaint Alleges that Respondents Fraudulently Marketed Commodity Futures and Options Trading-Related Products and that CTS Operated and Maintained an Internet Site that Promoted a Product Called Swing Trader, in Violation of Federal Commodity Law, 4455-00, September 28, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS CHARGING FRAUDULENT SOLICITATION OF CUSTOMERS AGAINST TWO FLORIDA INTRODUCING BROKERS, MATRIX TRADING GROUP, INC. AND FIRST FINANCIAL TRADING, INC.; CFTC Also Charges Fraud Against Five Current and Former Principals and Employees of the Companies -- Christopher Smithers and David Wedeen of Matrix, and Corey Johnson, Scott Dewitte and Thomas Glover, II, of First Financial, 4454-00, September 28, 2000.
  • TENNESSEE DISTRICT COURT ENTERS CONSENT ORDER OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION AGAINST EDWIN JAY SHELDON AND APPLIED CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC (ACM) IN COMMODITY POOL FRAUD CASE; The Consent Order Requires Sheldon and ACM to Make Full Restitution to Investors of Up to Approximately $334,000, 4453-00, September 27, 2000.
  • CFTC ACCEPTS SETTLEMENT OFFER OF FORMER REFCO FLOOR BROKER LISA BUDICAK IN CONNECTION WITH ORDER-TAKING AND RECORDKEEPING VIOLATIONS; CFTC Orders Budicak to Pay A $20,000 Civil Monetary Penalty And Conditions Any Future Registration For the Next Four Years, 4452-00, September 27, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES ENFORCEMENT ACTION ALLEGING THE FRAUDULENT PROMOTION OF COMMODITY TRADING METHODOLOGY OVER THE INTERNET; CFTC Alleges that Rabb Sabin and Art Smith, Both of California, Fraudulently Misrepresented the Profitability and Performance of Their Internet Website’s Trading Methodology and Their Backgrounds and Trading Histories, 4451-00, September 27, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES AND SETTLES ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST MARTIN K. ROGERS FOR TRADING WITHOUT A SPONSOR IN VIOLATION OF A COMMISSION ORDER; Rogers' Registration Is Suspended for 30 Days and Restricted for One Year, 4450-00, September 25, 2000.
  • ILLINOIS COURT ENTERS CONSENT ORDERS OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION AGAINST RANDALL WILLIAMS AND TERRY G. WIGTON IN CASE INVOLVING A FRAUDULENT COMMODITY POOL SCHEME; Williams and Wigton Are Barred From the Commodities Industry and Ordered to Pay Restitution and Disgorgement Amounts Totaling More than $1.5 Million, 4448-00, September 19, 2000.
  • CFTC CHARGES LEONARD G. NAUMAN, EDWARD STEVENSON KIRRIS , III, WILLIAM J. RELF, PENSION AMERICA, INC. , FUTURES PROFIT MAKING, LLC., SELECTIVE FUTURES MANAGEMENT, LLC., SPECIALIZED COMMODITY TIMING, LLC., AND COMMODITY TIMING SPECIALISTS, LLC., WITH COMMODITY POOL FRAUD AND FAILURE TO REGISTER AS COMMODITY POOL OPERATORS; The Complaint Alleges that Nauman, Kirris, and Relf Pooled at least $600,000 From Approximately 36 Investors Mostly in the Minneapolis and Brainerd, Minnesota Areas; Court Issues An Ex parte Restraining Order Freezing Defendants' Assets and Prohibiting the Destruction of Documents, 4445-00, September 7, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES ANTI-FRAUD ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST RICHARD A. VIELE, BERNADETTE FLAVELL, KEVIN KATES, AND SYSTEMS OF SUCCESS -- ALL OF FLORIDA; CFTC Alleges that Viele, Flavell, Kates and Systems of Success Fraudulently Misrepresented the Profitability and Performance Records of Various Futures Trading Systems Developed and Marketed by Them, 4444-00, September 7, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES AND SETTLES ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST PEREGRINE FINANCIAL GROUP, INC., IN CONNECTION WITH FINANCIAL VIOLATIONS; CFTC Orders Peregrine To Pay a $90,000 Civil Monetary Penalty and Comply With Various Undertakings, 4443-00, September 7, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES FIVE ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS ALLEGING THE FRAUDULENT PROMOTION OF COMMODITY TRADING SYSTEMS OVER THE INTERNET; CFTC Actions Are Part of Initiative To Clean Up Fraudulent Internet Web Sites, 4442-00, September 7, 2000.

August

  • CFTC ACCEPTS SETTLEMENT OFFER OF FORMER REFCO FLOOR BROKER CONSTANTINE MITSOPOULOS IN CONNECTION WITH SUPERVISION AND RECORDKEEPING VIOLATIONS; CFTC Orders Mitsopoulos to Pay A $1,000,000 Civil Monetary Penalty And To Comply With His Undertakings, Including Never To Seek Registration With the CFTC, 4439-00, August 31, 2000.
  • U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN WEST VIRGINIA ENTERS ORDER OF PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST ROBERT L. DORMAGEN AND DELTA FINANCIAL CORPORATION IN CFTC ANTI-FRAUD ENFORCEMENT ACTION, 4438-00, August 29, 2000.
  • CFTC CHARGES STEPHEN W. BROCKBANK, CAROL J. LOVE, AND BIRMA LTD., OF UTAH WITH COMMODITY POOL FRAUD AND FAILURE TO REGISTER AS COMMODITY POOL OPERATORS, 4437-00, August 22, 2000.
  • CFTC ACCEPTS SETTLEMENT OFFERS OF CURTIS McNAIR ARNOLD AND LONDON FINANCIAL, INC. IN CASE INVOLVING THE FRAUDULENT SOLICITATION OF CLIENTS; Arnold Is Ordered To Pay A $100,000 Civil Monetary Penalty, Among Other Sanctions, 4436-00, August 14, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES AND SETTLES ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST REGISTRANTS JOSEPH FRAITES, MICHAEL MARTIN, MARK MUELLER, AND ALFRED ZAMOJCIN IN CASE INVOLVING THE FAILURE TO OBTAIN AND RECORD ACCOUNT IDENTIFICATION IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIPT OF CUSTOMER ORDERS; The CFTC Order Imposes Civil Monetary Penalties Aggregating $35,000 and Restricts Respondents' Registrations, 4433-00, August 7, 2000.

July

  • TEXAS FEDERAL COURT ENTERS CONSENT ORDER OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION AGAINST KENT C. CALHOUN, INDIVIDUALLY, AND AS AN AGENT OF OR DOING BUSINESS AS KCI SEMINARS, IN CFTC ENFORCEMENT ACTION CHARGING FRAUDULENT ADVERTISING AND PROHIBITED REFERENCES TO CFTC IN ADVERTISEMENTS, Calhoun Is Barred From Referencing the CFTC or Otherwise Using the CFTC’s Name in Soliciting Customers And Is Ordered to Publish Retractions of Fraudulent Advertisements, 4428-00, July 31, 2000.
  • U.S. DISTRICT COURT ENTERS CONSENT ORDERS AGAINST JOSEPH P. MCGIVNEY, SR. AND EDWIN A. KOZIOL, JR. REQUIRING THEM TO PAY MORE THAN $800,000 IN RESTITUTION AND PERMANENTLY BARRING THEM AND THEIR COMPANY FROM THE FUTURES INDUSTRY FOR FRAUDULENT COMMODITY POOL SCHEME, 4425-00, July 21, 2000.
  • COURT ENTERS CONSENT ORDER OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION AND OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF AGAINST DAVID MICHAEL LOYD IN EUROPACIFIC EQUITY AND CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LTD., COMMODITY POOL FRAUD CASE; Order Requires Loyd to Make Full Restitution of Up to $2.5 Million to Investors, 4424-00, July 20, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES AND SETTLES ACTION AGAINST WILLIAM G. BILLINGS AND BILLFUND, INC. OF OKLAHOMA IN CONNECTION WITH THE FRAUDULENT OPERATION OF THREE COMMODITY POOLS; CFTC Order Finds that the Respondents Defrauded at Least 40 Pool Participants Out of Approximately $1.6 Million, 4422-00, July 17, 2000.
  • CFTC CHARGES PHILLIP FERGUSON d/b/a FERGUSON FINANCIAL, B& F TRADING, AND FIRST INVESTOR’S GROUP WITH COMMODITY POOL FRAUD AND FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A COMMODITY POOL OPERATOR, 4420-00, July 13, 2000.
  • CFTC CHARGES ROBERT L. DORMAGEN AND DELTA FINANCIAL CORP. WITH FRAUD IN CONNECTION WITH THE CAPITAL GROUP III, L.P. COMMODITY POOL AND OTHER INDIVIDUAL CUSTOMERS, 4418-00, July 6, 2000.
  • COURT PRELIMINARILY ENJOINS DEFENDANTS FROM CONTINUING TO OPERATE IN A CASE ALLEGING AN $18 MILLION FRAUDULENT PRECIOUS METALS SCHEME; Court Found that Defendants -- Including IBS Inc. and IMC Trading Inc. -- Fraudulently Solicited Customers From Offices In Four States, 4417-00, July 5, 2000.
  • CFTC ISSUES CONSUMER ADVISORY ALERTING PUBLIC TO BE WARY OF CLAIMS OF EASY PROFIT AND LOW RISK FROM BUYING PRECIOUS METALS AND OTHER COMMODITIES, 4416-00, July 5, 2000.
  • CFTC CHARGES NATIONAL BULLION AND COIN, INC. (NBC) (d/b/a/ NATIONAL BULLION & COIN SERVICES, INC.); CAPITAL CREDIT MANAGEMENT & FINANCE, INC. (CCMF); JOSEPH B. FLANIGAN; AND LAWRENCE COLMAN WITH CONDUCTING A FRAUDULENT NATIONWIDE PRECIOUS METALS SCHEME; Federal Court Enters Ex Parte Order Which, Among Other Things, Freezes the Assets of NBC and CCMF and Appoints a Receiver to Take Control of Businesses; CFTC Issues Consumer Advisory Warning Asking the Public to be Wary of Sales Pitches Offering Great Profits and Low Risk through Investments in Precious Metals, 4415-00, July 5, 2000.

June

  • CFTC FILES AND SETTLES ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST IRA M. LAVENDER IN CASE INVOLVING THE FRAUDULENT SOLICITATION OF CLIENTS, 4413-00, June 30, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES AND SETTLES ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST SEUNGHO KIM, JOHN KI PARK, AND HOUSTON SYSTEM TRADING, LLC IN CASE INVOLVING THE FRAUDULENT SOLICITATION OF CUSTOMERS AND POOL PARTICIPANTS, 4412-00, June 30, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST DALE LUTHER MOCK, CHARGING HIM WITH UNAUTHORIZED TRADING AND FRAUD, 4411-00, June 28, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST TIMOTHY BENGSON, CHARGING HIM WITH FRAUDULENTLY ALLOCATING CUSTOMER TRADES, 4410-00, June 28, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AGAINST GLENN B. LAKEN, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, AND WILLIAM M. STEPHENS, OF SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA; Respondents May Have Their CFTC Registrations Suspended Or Modified Due To Pending Federal Felony Charges Against Them, 4408-00, June 20, 2000.
  • UTAH FEDERAL COURT ENTERS PERMANENT INJUNCTION AGAINST JOHN LARRY SCHENK, SAM GRAY AND FIDELITY TRADERS GROUP IN CFTC ENFORCEMENT ACTION CHARGING FRAUDULENT OPERATION OF FOUR COMMODITY POOLS; Court Permanently Bars John Larry Schenk and Sam Gray From the Commodity Industry and Orders Restitution to Defrauded Investors, 4406-00, June 12, 2000.

May

  • CFTC FILES AND SETTLES ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST HOWARD E. THOMPSON FOR EXCEEDING EXCHANGE TRADING LIMITS AND FILING A FALSE REPORT; CFTC Orders Thompson To Pay $50,000 Civil Monetary Penalty and Imposes A Sixty Day Trading Suspension, 4404-00, May 31, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES AND SETTLES ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST STANLEY C. HARLEY FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A COMMODITY TRADING ADVISOR AND TO DELIVER REQUIRED DISCLOSURE DOCUMENTS, 4403-00, May 31, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES ACTION AGAINST MICHAEL JAMES KONKEL CHARGING HIM WITH FRAUD IN THE OPERATION OF A COMMODITY POOL; Court Issues Ex Parte Order Freezing Assets & Prohibiting Destruction of Books and Records, 4401-00, May 17, 2000.
  • CFTC Participates in International "Internet Surf" Day to Uncover Fraudulent Promotion of Commodity Schemes, 4399-00, May 15, 2000.
  • U.S. DISTRICT COURT ORDERS FORMER ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA, MAN TO PAY $3.3 MILLION RESTITUTION AND PERMANENTLY BARS HIM AND HIS COMPANY FROM THE FUTURES INDUSTRY FOR FRAUDULENT COMMODITY POOL SCHEME; The CFTC Alleged that Donald E. James Pooled More than $5 Million from at Least 25 Investors throughout Georgia and Florida and Fraudulently Misappropriated Some of the Investors' Funds; In March 2000, James Was Sentenced to 51 Months in a Federal Prison, 4398-00, May 15, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES TEN ACTIONS ALLEGING FRAUDULENT INTERNET PROMOTION OF COMMODITY TRADING SYSTEMS AND ISSUES CONSUMER ADVISORY; CFTC Issues Ten Orders Against Fraudulent Internet Promoters; CFTC also Warns the Public to Be Wary of Websites which Claim that Purchasers of Trading Systems and Advisory Services Will Make Substantial Profits and Be Exposed to Minimal Risk of Loss, 4397-00, May 1, 2000.

April

  • UTAH FEDERAL COURT ENTERS PERMANENT INJUNCTION AGAINST BRIAN TOBLER, OF SYRACUSE, UTAH, IN CFTC ENFORCEMENT ACTION CHARGING FRAUDULENT OPERATION OF THREE COMMODITY POOLS; Court Permanently Bars Tobler From Seeking Registration Or Acting In Any Capacity Requiring Registration With The CFTC and Prohibits Him From Trading For Ten Years, 4394-00, April 11, 2000.
  • CFTC ACCEPTS SETTLEMENT OFFERS OF FORMER REFCO PHONE CLERKS MARGARET DULL AND RICHARD MARISIE IN CONNECTION WITH ORDER-TAKING AND RECORDKEEPING VIOLATIONS; CFTC Order Restricts And Conditions Dull’s and Marisie’s Floor Activities For Two Years and Requires Them to Pay $15,000 Each in Civil Monetary Penalties, 4393-00, April 10, 2000.
  • CFTC OBTAINS INJUNCTION AND OTHER RELIEF AGAINST ESFAND BARAGOSH, PRINCIPAL OF NOBLE WEALTH DATA INFORMATION SERVICES, INC., BASED ON A FRAUDULENT FOREIGN CURRENCY TRADING SCHEME; Federal District Court Finds That CFTC Has Jurisdiction Over Defendants’ Sale of Foreign Currency Contracts; Orders Baragosh to Pay Over $6.4 Million in Restitution and Fines, 4389-00, April 3, 2000.

March

  • CFTC FILES DISQUALIFICATION ACTION AGAINST DAVID ITZKOWITZ, FLOOR BROKER AT THE COFFEE SUGAR & COCOA EXCHANGE, 4388-00, March 31, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST STEVEN C. BRENNER AND JAMI WEISNER BRENNER CHARGING BRENNER WITH VIOLATIONS OF A CFTC TRADING PROHIBITION AND OF A COMMISSION ORDER AND WEISNER WITH AIDING AND ABETTING THOSE VIOLATIONS , 4387-00, March 31, 2000.
  • ILLINOIS FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT ENTERS CONSENT ORDER OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION AND OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF AGAINST FTI FINANCIAL GROUP AND THREE OF ITS PARTNERS IN CFTC INJUNCTIVE ACTION CHARGING COMMODITY POOL FRAUD; Court Permanently Bars FTI And Samuel Foreman, Mark Stevens, and Carolyn Munn From Trading, Seeking Registration or Acting in Any Capacity Requiring Registration with the CFTC and Requires Them to Pay in Excess of $700,000 in Restitution, 4386-00, March 27, 2000.
  • CFTC PARTICIPATES IN "INTERNET SURF" TO UNCOVER FRAUDULENT PROMOTION OF COMMODITY INVESTMENT SCHEMES, 4385-00, March 23, 2000.
  • NEW JERSEY COURT ENTERS PERMANENT INJUNCTION AND RESTITUTION ORDER IN CFTC INJUNCTIVE ACTION AGAINST MURRAY IRA ROSENBERG AND PRO BROKER SERVICES, INC., CHARGING COMMODITY FUTURES AND OPTION FRAUD; Court Permanently Bars Rosenberg From Trading For Others, and Requires Him to Pay $265,000 in Restitution, 4383-00, March 21, 2000.
  • CFTC CHARGES IMC COMMON ENTERPRISE AND THREE INDIVIDUALS IN $18 MILLION FRAUDULENT PRECIOUS METALS SCHEME; Court Freezes Defendants' Assets and Appoints Receiver to Take Control of Business; CFTC Charges Defendants with Fraudulently Telemarketing Customers And Offering Illegal Futures Contracts, 4382-00, March 20, 2000.
  • CFTC SETTLES ACTION AGAINST FARMERS COOPERATIVE COMPANY, FINDING THAT IT OFFERED TO ENTER INTO, AND ENTERED INTO, ILLEGAL FUTURES AND OPTION CONTRACTS AND OPERATED AS AN UNREGISTERED FUTURES COMMISSION MERCHANT; CFTC Order Also Accepts Offers of Settlement from Three Former Employees and Finds that Richard Houge and Larry D. Peterson aided and abetted each of Farmer Co-op’s Violations and that John A. McPherson aided and abetted Farmer Co-op’s operation as an unregistered Futures Commission Merchant, 4376-00, March 9, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES AND SETTLES ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST JAMES DEN HARTOG OF WORTHINGTON, MINNESOTA, AND JAMES BAUMGARD, OF SPIRIT LAKE, IOWA, IN UNAUTHORIZED TRADING CASE; CFTC Finds that James Den Hartog Defrauded His Employer by Engaging in Unauthorized Trading and that James Baumgard, an Account Executive, is Also Liable in Connection with Den Hartog’s Trading, 4375-00, March 7, 2000.

February

  • CFTC FILES ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST CURRENCY TRADING SYSTEMS, JOYCE ROEDER, GLENN CYBULSKI, AND MICHAEL STEWART CHARGING FRAUD IN SOLICITING STUDENTS TO ATTEND SEMINARS TO LEARN AND PURCHASE A COMMODITY TRADING SYSTEM, 4369-00, February 28, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES A FRAUD ACTION AGAINST DAVID M. MOBLEY, SR., MARICOPA INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT CORPORATION, ENSIGN TRADING CORPORATION, AND OTHERS AND A PROPOSED CONSENT ORDER OF PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AND STATUTORY RESTRAINING ORDER; CFTC Complaint Alleges Defendants Carried Out A Multi-Million Dollar Fraud On Investors In Funds Managed By Mobley and Entities He Owned And Controlled; Defendants’ Alleged Fraudulent Scheme Included The Concealment of Losses Incurring From Trading of Commodity Futures And Options On Behalf Of A Commodity Pool, 4368-00, February 22, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST FORMER CERES TRADING GROUP BRANCH MANAGER DARRYL M. OSLER CHARGING THAT HE COMMITTED COMMODITY FRAUD; CFTC Alleges that Osler, of Delray Beach, Florida, Instructed Brokers Under His Supervision to Make False and Misleading Statements to Customers in Order to Convince Them to Open Accounts and to Place Trades, 4366-00, February 22, 2000.
  • CFTC ACCEPTS SETTLEMENT OFFERS OF LEXUS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC., MARK LEE SINGER AND DAVID ALAN LUGER IN CONNECTION WITH THE FRAUDULENT SOLICITATION OF CUSTOMERS; CFTC Order Finds that Lexus, Singer, and Luger Committed Fraud in Soliciting Customers to Trade Options on Commodity Futures Contracts, Revokes Their Registrations, and Prohibits Them from Trading; Requires Singer and Luger to Pay $6.8 Million in Restitution To Defrauded Customers, 4365-00, February 17, 2000.
  • CALIFORNIA FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT ENTERS CONSENT ORDER OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION AND RESTITUTION AGAINST MARK E. CHULIK IN CFTC INJUNCTIVE ACTION CHARGING COMMODITY POOL FRAUD; CFTC Files And Settles Related Statutory Disqualification Proceeding and Revokes Chulik’s Registration As a Commodity Trading Advisor, 4364-00, February 17, 2000.
  • CFTC FINDS CAPITAL INSIGHT BROKERAGE, INC. STATUTORILY DISQUALIFIED FROM REGISTRATION AND ISSUES ORDER ACCEPTING OFFER OF SETTLEMENT AND REVOKING CAPITAL INSIGHT’S REGISTRATION, 4363-00, February 16, 2000.
  • SELLERS OF COMMODITY TRADING COURSE PAY $185,000 IN RESTITUTION AND PENALTIES AND ACCEPT INDUSTRY BAN UNDER CONSENT ORDER ISSUED BY MINNESOTA COURT; CFTC Had Charged Pelton Street Publishing, Inc. and Roger Martin Hoy with Fraudulent Sales Practices, 4361-00, February 9, 2000.
  • CFTC FILES AND SETTLES ACTION AGAINST SOGEMIN METALS INC. IN CONNECTION WITH A FRAUDULENT COMMISSION ARRANGEMENT AND KICKBACK SCHEME;  CFTC Order Finds that Sogemin Metals Inc. Defrauded Two Chilean Metals Firms and Orders, Among Other Sanctions, Payment of a $500,000 Civil Monetary Penalty, 4360-00, February 7, 2000.
  • CFTC ACCEPTS SETTLEMENT OFFERS OF DUNHILL FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. AND MARK HUTCHERSON IN CASE INVOLVING THE FRAUDULENT SOLICITATION OF CUSTOMERS; CFTC Finds that Dunhill and Hutcherson Committed Fraud in Soliciting Customers to Trade Options on Commodity Futures Contracts and Failed to Supervise, and Revokes Their Registrations and Prohibits Them from Trading, among other Sanctions, 4359-00, February 4, 2000.
  • CFTC ACCEPTS SETTLEMENT OFFERS OF LEON LEVITIS, ILYA LEVITIS, AND PAUL MANFRE IN CONNECTION WITH THE FRAUDULENT SALE OF ILLEGAL FOREIGN CURRENCY FUTURES CONTRACTS; Order Finds That Leon Levitis, Ilya Levitis, and Paul Manfre Fraudulently Solicited Customers To Enter Into Illegal Foreign Currency Futures Contracts And That Leon Levitis and Ilya Levitis Also Made and Issued False Reports, Bucketed Customer Orders, and Converted and Commingled Customer Funds, 4358-00, February 4, 2000.
  • FLORIDA FEDERAL COURT ENTERS CONSENT ORDER OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION AGAINST GLENN R. TAUBMAN IN CFTC ACTION CHARGING REGISTRATION, DISCLOSURE, AND REPORTING VIOLATIONS; Order Imposes Permanent Injunctions and a Two-Year Registration Ban, 4357-00, February 1, 2000.
  • VIRGINIA COURT ENTERS PERMANENT INJUNCTION AND RESTITUTION ORDER IN CFTC INJUNCTIVE ACTION AGAINST PETER BERZINS CHARGING COMMODITY POOL FRAUD; Court Permanently Bars Berzins From Trading, Seeking Registration Or Acting In Any Capacity Requiring Registration With The CFTC and Requires Him to Pay in Excess of $1 Million in Restitution, 4356-00, February 1, 2000.

January

  • CFTC ACCEPTS SETTLEMENT OFFERS FROM FIRST OPTIONS OF CHICAGO, INC. IN TWO ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS, AND ORDERS MORE THAN $200,000 IN MONETARY SANCTIONS; In One Action, CFTC Finds That First Options of Chicago Is Liable For Violations Of, And Failed To Diligently Supervise its Guaranteed Introducing Broker; In The Second Action, CFTC Finds Recordkeeping Violations, 4355-00, January 27, 2000.
  • INDIANA FEDERAL COURT ENTERS JUDGMENT AGAINST MARKET CAPITAL GROWTH, INC.; CARMEN FIELD; AND MONA SMITH AND ORDERS RESTITUTION OF OVER $1.2 MILLION TO BE PAID TO DEFRAUDED INVESTORS IN COMMODITY POOL FRAUD CASE; Court Also Enters Consent Orders Of Permanent Injunction Against Steven D. Hudkins, Bart BeMiller and Robert J. Riethman and Orders Hudkins and BeMiller To Pay Restitution Of Over $600,000, 4354-00, January 21, 2000.