CFTC Sues Alleged Crypto Ponzi Scammer for $500K Theft

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The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Fee (CFTC) is suing an alleged Ponzi scammer on claims he and his firm raised half one million dollars for cryptocurrency investments, which as an alternative went to non-public uses.

In accordance to a press release, Breonna Clark, in any other case referred to as Eliot Clark or Alexander Pak, and his agency Enterprise Capital Investments Ltd. and The Life Group allegedly raised $534,829 from 72 victims, promising to take a position funds in bitcoin (BTC), altcoins and overseas foreign money contracts. As an alternative, some $400,000 in funds went to non-public makes use of, together with the purchase of a BMW.

The CFTC is charging Clark with fraud by a commodity pool operator and commodity trading adviser, fraud by deceptive system, failure to register as a commodity pool operator and failure to register as a commodity trading advisor.

Clark created "false account statements" to mislead buyers and used a number of the funds he raised to repay different buyers, an attached complaint claims. "A small portion" of the funds have been finally used to trade on the pool's behalf.

"At numerous occasions through the Relevant Interval, a number of pool members requested to withdraw funds from their accounts. In some situations, Clark failed to reply at all to a pool participant’s request. In different situations, Clark responded with false excuses. Among the false excuses Clark made to pool members why Defendants couldn't comply was that the CFTC was conducting an 'audit,'" the grievance stated (the CFTC didn't conduct an audit).

Clark didn't return any of the funds raised by means of the alleged scheme, the grievance stated.

The press launch thanked the Financial Supervision Fee of Bulgaria, Monetary Markets Authority of New Zealand, Seychelles Financial Providers Authority, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Financial Providers Authority and the U.Okay. Monetary Conduct Authority.

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