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  • June 12, 2013

    CFTC Files Enforcement Action against Arizona Resident for Issuing False Account Statements and Operating as an Unregistered Commodity Pool Operator

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced the filing of a civil complaint against Thomas L. Hampton, an Arizona resident. The CFTC’s complaint charges Hampton with acting as an unregistered commodity pool operator (CPO) and issuing false account statements in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act.

    The complaint filed on June 11, 2013, in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona Phoenix Division alleges that from approximately September 2010 through at least September 2011 (“relevant period”), Hampton, while acting as an unregistered CPO, operated Hampton Capital Markets, LLC, an Arizona limited liability company, as a commodity pool and/or hedge fund. The complaint further alleges that, during the relevant period, Hampton solicited approximately $5.2 million from at least 72 pool participants to invest in the pool for the purpose of trading commodity futures contracts, including E-mini S&P 500 futures contracts and E-mini Dow futures contracts, as well as securities based index products. The complaint also alleges that Hampton defrauded pool participants by issuing false account statements that represented that the pool was generating significant trading profits, when Hampton knew that the pool was sustaining consistent net losses.

    In its continuing litigation, the CFTC seeks a return of ill-gotten gains, restitution, civil monetary penalties, trading and registration bans, and permanent injunctions against further violations of the federal commodities laws.

    The CFTC appreciates the assistance of the Arizona Corporation Commission, Securities Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

    CFTC Division of Enforcement staff responsible for this case are: Eugene Smith, Tracey Wingate, Kyong J. Koh, Peter M. Haas, Paul G. Hayeck, and Joan Manley.

    Last Updated: June 12, 2013

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