La Commodity Futures Trading Commission a publié un communiqué de presse dans lequel elle confirme la condamnation de Peter Son et de ses sociétés par une Cour Fédérale pour avoir mis en place une fraude sur le Forex d'un montant de 85 millions de dollars.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) obtained a federal court supplemental consent order requiring defendants Peter Son (Son) of Danville, Calif., and his companies, SNC Asset Management, Inc., and SNC Investments, Inc., to pay a $5 million civil monetary penalty. The court also ordered Son’s wife, relief defendant Ann Lee (Lee), to disgorge $300,000 of ill-gotten gains. The court’s supplemental consent order, entered on April 19, 2012, by Judge Maxine M. Chesney of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, resolves a CFTC complaint that charged the defendants with operating an $85 million fraudulent foreign currency (forex) scam (see CFTC Press Release 5666-09, June 9, 2009). The CFTC complaint named Lee as a relief defendant because she received monthly funds as purported wages, although she performed no services for SNC.
The supplemental consent order recognizes that an order of restitution in excess of $60 million was imposed on Son in a related criminal action. The supplemental order follows a consent order of permanent injunction entered by the court on May 13, 2011, which established the defendants’ liability, and permanently barred the defendants from engaging in certain commodity-related activities and from future registration with the CFTC, among other things.
According to the May 13, 2011, consent order, the defendants fraudulently solicited at least $85 million from at least 500 customers to trade forex. The defendants in their solicitations falsely claimed to be operating successful forex trading firms and guaranteed monthly returns generated by their trading, the order finds. These representations, and subsequent fictitious account statements depicting profitable returns on individual accounts, created the false impression that the defendants were trading forex profitably, the order finds. At best, however, only a small percentage of the $85 million solicited was traded and the defendants’ limited trading resulted in overall losses, according to the order.
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