Category: Ponzi scheme

ASIC ban
November 08, 2022 BY Steffy Bogdanova

FX Ponzi scheme operator pleads guilty in a $180 million fraud case brought by ASIC

According to ASIC, the Courtney House companies convinced investors that their funds would be traded in Forex and Futures markets, however, only 3% of those funds were actually traded. Instead, the amounts paid to investors on monthly basis, came from the deposits of new investors. The Australian regulator stated: In addition to offering purported ‘standard’…

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CFTC fraud
September 09, 2022 BY Steffy Bogdanova

CFTC orders ForexnPower operator to pay over $800K for commodity pool fraud

The CFTC alleges that Kang and ForexnPower conducted fraudulent solicitation through misrepresentations in Korean language newspapers. More than $1.5 million from customers were convinced trade off-exchange forex and over $800,000 of customer funds were misappropriated. Kang solicited pool participants and retail forex customers at a ForexnPower seminar, claiming that the company’s trading signals program would…

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SEC fraud
August 02, 2022 BY Steffy Bogdanova

SEC issues charges on 11 people in a $300 million crypto pyramid scheme

Furthermore, SEC alleges that cease-and-desist actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines in September 2020 and by the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance in March 2021 did not stop Forsage from operating and the defendants continued to promote the scheme while denying the claims in several YouTube videos. Carolyn Welshhans, Acting…

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September 17, 2021 BY Steffy Bogdanova

CFTC brings forex fraud charges in a $426K Ponzi Scheme

The CFTC further alleges that Bryant made numerous false statements to potential and current pool participants about his trading experience, his success rate, and being registered with the National Futures Association. Bryant omitted to disclose that he was a convicted criminal with a history of financial problems, including three bankruptcies. The regulator explained that instead…

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June 09, 2021 BY Steffy Bogdanova

Australian consumers lose $400,000 to smartphone app Ponzi scheme

An ACCC spokesperson stated: The ‘Hope Business’ app is a scam. Victims were encouraged to transfer funds in a Ponzi scheme. They were initially able to withdraw funds which encouraged them to recommend the application to family and friends, but they were subsequently unable to access their money. The same spokesperson then stressed that anyone…

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SEC penalty, fine
April 07, 2021 BY Steffy Bogdanova

SEC obtains emergency asset freeze on a $690 million Ponzi Scheme

Horwitz and 1inMM allegedly promised investors more than 35% in returns and for years paid presumed returns on earlier investments with money from new investments. The SEC claims that Horwitz misappropriated investor funds for his personal use. He purchased a multi-million-dollar home, trips to Las Vegas, and to paid a celebrity interior designer. Michele Wein…

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January 12, 2021 BY Steffy Bogdanova

Founder of $147 million GemCoin crypto Ponzi scheme sent to prison for 10 years

He claimed that USFIA extracted amber and other gemstones from non-existent mines it “owned” in the United States, the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Mexico. He ultimately managed to obtain $147 million from 72,000 victims spread globally. The Department of Justice described USFIA as a “multi-level marketing program” which compensated investors for recruiting other investors with…

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CFTC penalty
November 05, 2020 BY Steffy Bogdanova

The CFTC orders Venture Capital Investments to pay $900K in a digital asset and Forex Ponzi Scheme

The order stems from a complaint against VCI filed on 14 February 2020. The court established that the defendants fraudulently solicited over 72 clients to invest in commodity pools that purportedly trade in forex and digital assets, including bitcoin, only to then misappropriate the money. Further, the court uncovered that the defendants lured their clients…

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