A Broken Record: CFTC Fines Another Binary Options Firm for Illegal Off-Exchange Trading

A Broken Record: CFTC Fines Another Binary Options Firm for Illegal Off-Exchange Trading

Today, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an Order filing and settling charges against Curtis Dalton of Middleton, Massachusetts, requiring him to pay $200,000 for offering illegal off-exchange retail commodity transactions to U.S. and overseas customers while failing to be registered by the CFTC. The transactions offered by Dalton consisted of binary options

CME and CFTC Charge Unregistered Hedge Fund with Spec Limit Violations

CME and CFTC Charge Unregistered Hedge Fund with Spec Limit Violations

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an Order filing and settling charges against an unregistered Hong Kong-based hedge fund, Elephas Investment Management Ltd. (Elephas), for violating speculative limits in wheat contracts. Regulation 150.2 sets speculative position limits that any person may hold or control for CBOT SRW futures contracts,

CFTC Files $147 Million Enforcement Action Against Bitcoin Trading and Investment Company

CFTC Files $147 Million Enforcement Action Against Bitcoin Trading and Investment Company

Earlier this week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) filed a civil enforcement action against Control-Finance, a United Kingdom-based Bitcoin trading and investment company.  The complaint alleges that Control-Finance made numerous material misrepresentations and omissions, including that they (1) earned customers 1.5 % in daily Bitcoin trading profits and up to 45% per month; (2)

CFTC Awards More Than $2 Million to Whistleblower

CFTC Awards More Than $2 Million to Whistleblower

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced a whistleblower award totaling more than $2 million to be paid to an individual whistleblower. The CFTC granted the whistleblower’s award application for both a CFTC action and a related action brought by another federal regulator. CFTC’s Whistleblower Program was created under Section 748 of the Dodd-Frank Wall

CFTC Announces 2019 Examination Priorities – A First for the Commission

CFTC Announces 2019 Examination Priorities – A First for the Commission

For the first time, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced 2019 Examination Priorities for registrants of the Division of Market Oversight (DMO), Division of Swap Dealer & Intermediary Oversight (DSIO), and Division of Clearing & Risk (DCR). DMO’s Compliance Branch’s 2019 Examination Priorities include: (1) cryptocurrency surveillance practices (2) surveillance for disruptive trading; (3)

CFTC Gets Default in $11 Million CPO Fraud Case

CFTC Gets Default in $11 Million CPO Fraud Case

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently announced an Order of default judgment and permanent injunction has been issued against defendants Capital Growth Group Associates and Cobra Development Group in connection with two separate fraudulent commodity pool trading schemes.  The default was granted in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and

2018 Update: CFTC Sues Another “Trading Strategy and Systems” Scheme

2018 Update: CFTC Sues Another “Trading Strategy and Systems” Scheme

June 25, 2018 Update: The CFTC continued its actions against a Trading Strategy and Systems Scheme today, with a Consent and Default Order against Open Range Trading LLC (Open Range) with fraudulently solicited clients and prospective clients to subscribe to a commodity futures day-trading system that generated buy and sell trading signals in various futures markets,

CFTC Charges New Yorker in Binary Option CPO Fraud

CFTC Charges New Yorker in Binary Option CPO Fraud

Recently, the CFTC filed an action against Kevin Scott Antonovich alleging from September 2015 through August 2016 he fraudulently solicited and received approximately $284,000 from at least 154 pool participants in connection with pooled investments in off-exchange binary options, using the funds for his personal use, and making false and misleading representations to pool participants. A

CFTC Issues Pump-and-Dump Virtual Currency Advisory

CFTC Issues Pump-and-Dump Virtual Currency Advisory

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) warned the public to beware of and avoid pump-and-dump schemes that can occur in thinly traded or new “alternative” virtual currencies, digital coins or tokens. These pump-and-dump schemes are generally anonymous and are organized in public chat rooms or via mobile messaging apps. They are coordinated efforts to create