Release Number 5744-09

Release: 5744-09
For Release: October 30, 2009

Federal Court Freezes Assets of Moroccan Resident Richmond Hamilton, Jr., and the Chicago Commodity Pool He Manages in a $1 Million Pool Anti-Fraud Case Brought by the CFTC

Court appoints a receiver to indentify assets and funds owed customers.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced that it obtained an emergency court order freezing assets held by defendants Raleigh Capital Management, Inc. (RCM), of Chicago, Ill., and its sole principal, Richmond Hamilton, Jr., who resides in Morocco. The court’s order also prohibits the destruction of records and appoints a receiver to identify assets, customers and amounts owed customers.

The emergency order stems from a CFTC complaint filed on October 28, 2009, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, charging RCM and Hamilton with misappropriating more than $1 million since May 2004 from the Raleigh Fund, LP., an $8.3 million commodity pool organized by Hamilton in 1987. The CFTC complaint also charges Hamilton with making false statements to the National Futures Association (NFA). RCM, an Illinois corporation and general partner of the Raleigh Fund, is registered with the CFTC as a commodity pool operator, and Hamilton is registered as its associated person.

According to the CFTC complaint, Hamilton and RCM made repeated cash withdrawals from the Raleigh Fund to pay personal expenses, purchase and maintain an airplane and lease a car in the United States for Hamilton.

Additionally, the CFTC alleges that Hamilton engaged in a sham real estate transaction to siphon funds from the Raleigh Fund. The CFTC also alleges that Hamilton made a false statement to investors regarding the payment of interest on certain personal loans from the Raleigh Fund and failed to disclose that he had stopped making payments on the principal balance of the loans.

Hamilton also made false statements to the NFA in the course of the NFA’s audit of the Raleigh Fund about the extent of his personal bank accounts and his administration of the Fund, the complaint charges.

In this action, which is pending before the Honorable Charles R. Norgle, Sr., U.S. District Court Judge, the CFTC also seeks an order of permanent injunction against the defendants, repayment of ill-gotten gains to the allegedly defrauded customers and civil monetary penalties.

The CFTC thanks the NFA for its assistance in the investigation of this matter. The following CFTC Division of Enforcement staff are responsible for this action: Joseph Konizeski, William Janulis, Scott Williamson, Rosemary Hollinger and Richard Wagner.

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Last Updated: October 30, 2009