Tag Archives: Commodity Exchange Act

CFTC Obtains Emergency Order Freezing Assets of Robert Stanley Harrison

CFTC v. Robert Stanley Harrison, Case No. 8:13-cv-00327-GRA (D.S.C.).  On February 11, 2013, the CFTC announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina froze the assets of Robert Stanley Harrison.  The CFTC charged Harrison with fraudulently … Continue reading

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CFTC Sues Halifax Investment Services for Illegal Solicitation of Forex Orders

CFTC v. Halifax Investment Services, Ltd., Case No. 1:13-cv-00892 (E.D.Ill.).  On February 5, 2013, the CFTC announced charges against Halifax Investment Services, Ltd. of Sydney, Australia relating to the solicitation and acceptance of forex orders from U.S. customers without the … Continue reading

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CFTC Files Settled Charges Related to Illegal Off-Exchange Transactions in Precious Metals

In the Matter of Secured Precious Metals International, Inc., Secured Precious Metals Management, Inc. and Linda Laramie, CFTC Docket No. 13-12; In the Matter of Barclay Metals, Inc., Universal Clearing, LLC, Sean Stropp and Sylvia Williams, CFTC Docket No. 13-13.  … Continue reading

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CFTC Obtains Default Judgment against Lincolnshire Trading Partners, LLC

CFTC v. Lincolnshire Trading Partners, LLC, and Scott Geisinger, Case No 2:12-cv-07417-PA-VBK (N.D. Cal.).  On January 18, 2013, the CFTC announced that it obtained a default judgment against Lincolnshire Trading partners, LLC and Scott Geisinger for violating CFTC registration requirements.  The CFTC … Continue reading

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CFTC Charges Matthew Marshall Taylor With Fraud For Faking And Concealing Trades

CFTC v. Matthew Marshall Taylor, Case No. 12-civ-8170 (S.D.N.Y.).  On November 8, 2012, the CFTC announced fraud charges against Matthew Marshall Taylor.  According to the CFTC’s complaint, Taylor was a Vice President and trader for a large Futures Commission Merchant … Continue reading

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CFTC Obtains $3 Million Judgment Against Brad Demuzio

CFTC v. Brad L. Demuzio, et al., Case No. 4:12-cv-00183-MHW.  On November 1, 2012, the CFTC announced it obtained a $3 million dollar judgment against Brad Demuzio and his company.  The company defaulted and Demuzio settled.  Without admitting or denying … Continue reading

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CFTC Obtains Order Requiring Joshua Russo To Pay More Than $1.8 Million To Settle Options Fraud

In the Matter of Joshua T.J. Russo, CFTC Docket No. 13-04.  On October 26, 2012, the CFTC announced it obtained an administrative order requiring Joshua Russo to pay restitution of $960,000, a civil monetary penalty of $645,000, and barring him … Continue reading

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CFTC Obtains Default Order Requiring Nicholas Cosmo To Pay $240 Million

CFTC v. Nicholas Cosmo et al., Case No. 2:09-cv-00351-KDW-ARL (E.D.N.Y).  On October 25, 2012, the CFTC announced it obtained a default judgment against Nicholas Cosmo.  Cosmo had engaged in a scheme to solicit investors to invest in bridge loans.  Instead, … Continue reading

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CFTC Orders Robert A. Christy And His Company To Pay $2.6 Million To Settle Forex Fraud

CFTC v. Crabapple Capital Group, LLC and Robert A Christy, Case No. 1:12-cv-1346-RWS (N.D. Ga.).  On October 23, 2012, the CFTC announced it obtained a settlement requiring Robert A. Christy and Crabapple Capital Group to pay more than $2.6 million … Continue reading

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CFTC Charges Recidivist Christopher Smithers With Fraud

CFTC v. Christopher Smithers., Case No. 9:12-cv-81165-KAM (S.D. Florida.).  On October 23, 2012, the CFTC announced fraud charges against Christopher Smithers.  The case concerns Smithers’s representations to customers that his commodity futures trading was profitable when in reality he had … Continue reading

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