La Commodity Futures Trading Commission a publié un communiqué de presse dans lequel elle annonce qu'elle accuse Philip Leon, Paul Rangel et John Wilkins et leur société, Altamont Global Partners de fraude et de détournement.
Ces derniers sont accusés d'avoir sollicité frauduleusement 13 millions de dollars auprès de 198 investisseurs.
La Cour fédérale a ordonné un gel immédiat d'Altamont Global Partners ainsi que la saisie des livres et registres.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced that on July 16, 2012, Judge Gregory Presnell, of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, entered an emergency order freezing the assets of defendants Philip Leon of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Paul Rangel of Apopka, Fla., John Wilkins of Chuluota, Fla., and their company, Altamont Global Partners LLC (AGP), of Longwood, Fla. The order also prohibits the defendants from destroying or altering books and records. The judge set a hearing date for July 30, 2012.
The order arises from a CFTC federal court enforcement action filed on July 16, 2012, charging the defendants with futures, foreign currency (forex), and options fraud, and misappropriation. The CFTC complaint also charges the defendants with making false statements to the National Futures Association (NFA). AGP and Wilkins are registered with the CFTC and are NFA members.
The complaint alleges that since at least March 2009 until at least June 22, 2012, defendant AGP — owned and operated by Leon, Rangel, and Wilkins — solicited approximately $13 million from approximately 198 participants who invested in two investment pools operated by AGP: The McKinley Fund, LLC (McKinley) and The Matterhorn Fund, LLC (Matterhorn). These pools traded futures, options, and off-exchange forex contracts, according to the complaint. The defendants allegedly misappropriated more than $5.2 million of pool funds, using the funds to cover AGP’s operating expenses, commission payments, travel, meals, entertainment expenses, $140,000 in credit card payments for Leon’s wife, and at least one loan AGP made to Leon. The misappropriation also allegedly included the use of pool funds to pay “loans” and “advances” of approximately $1,419,000 to Leon, $615,000 to Rangel, and $651,000 to Wilkins.
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