Varlesi’s Gold Coast Futures and Forex used just $220,000 of the $1.7M he accepted from clients to actually trade.
The CFTC has obtained a federal court order against Christopher Varlesi of Chicago and his company Gold Coast Futures and Forex, requiring Varlesi to pay $1.3 million — $638,000 to defrauded investors plus a $700,000 penalty.
The story? Ponzi scheme. Varlesi solicited and accepted $1.7 million from at least 20 clients to trade futures and forex, touting his past trading record and ability. However, Varlesi used no more than $220,000 of the $1.7 million to actually trade.
Instead, Varlesi spent investor funds on business and personal expenses, including life insurance, entertainment, travel, his children’s tuition, and spa treatments, and used $1.3 million to pay supposed profits in the manner of a Ponzi scheme.
For the CFTC press release click here.