La Commodity Futures Trading Commission a publié un communiqué de presse dans lequel elle accuse Ronnie Gene Wilson et sa société Atlantic Bullion & Coin, Inc., (Caroline du Sud) d'avoir mis en place une chapine de Ponzi de 90 millions de dollars.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced the filing of a federal civil enforcement action charging defendants Ronnie Gene Wilson (Wilson) and Atlantic Bullion & Coin, Inc. (AB&C), both of Easley, S.C., with fraud in connection with operating a $90 million Ponzi scheme, in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC regulations.
The CFTC’s complaint charges violations under the agency’s new Dodd-Frank authority prohibiting the use of any manipulative or deceptive device, scheme, or contrivance to defraud in connection with a contract of sale of any commodity in interstate commerce in violation of Section 6(c)(1) of the CEA, as amended, to be codified at 7 U.S.C. §§ 9, 15 and the CFTC’s implementing Regulation 180.1 (a). The complaint was filed on June 6, 2012, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of South Carolina, Anderson Division.
According to the complaint, since at least 2001 through February 29, 2012, Wilson and AB&C operated a Ponzi scheme, and, as part of the scheme, fraudulently offered contracts of sale of silver, a commodity in interstate commerce. Through their 11-year long scheme, the defendants allegedly fraudulently obtained at least $90.1 million from at least 945 investors for the purchase of silver.
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