Release Number 6855-14

February 11, 2014

Federal Court Orders North Carolina Resident Michael Anthony Jenkins and his Company, Harbor Light Asset Management, to Pay over $5.2 Million for Solicitation Fraud, Misappropriation, and Embezzlement in a Ponzi Scheme

Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced that Judge James C. Fox of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina entered an Order for a permanent injunction against Defendants Harbor Light Asset Management, LLC (HLAM) and its President and owner, Michael Anthony Jenkins, both of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Order requires HLAM and Jenkins jointly to pay restitution totaling $1,301,406.60 and a civil monetary penalty of $3,904,219.80. The Order also imposes permanent trading and registration bans against the Defendants and prohibits them from violating the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC Regulations, as charged.

The Order stems from a CFTC Complaint filed on November 20, 2012 (see CFTC Press Release 6422-12, November 23, 2012), charging HLAM and Jenkins with operating a Ponzi scheme and fraudulently soliciting at least $1.79 million from approximately 377 persons, primarily in North Carolina, in connection with the scheme.

The Order finds that the Defendants made use of an HLAM Investment Agreement to falsely represent to HLAM Investors that their investment funds were used solely for investment in E-mini futures and that the funds would be wired to a specific trading account. To cover up and further the fraud, Jenkins sent spreadsheets and statements that reported false trades, profits, and inflated the value of HLAM’s investments. In addition, the Order finds that Jenkins acted within the scope of his employment by HLAM and committed embezzlement and failed to register with the CFTC as a Futures Commission Merchant.

The CFTC thanks the Securities Division of the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State for its cooperation and assistance.

CFTC Division of Enforcement staff members responsible for this case are Xavier Romeu-Matta, Nathan Ploener, Christopher Giglio, Lenel Hickson, Jr., and Manal M. Sultan.

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Last Updated: February 11, 2014